Mr. Speaker, I thank my Liberal colleague for his speech in support of this motion to eliminate the use of microbeads in consumer products.
I deplore the fact that the use of microbeads has increased since the 1990s, while successive Conservative and Liberal governments have watched this problem get worse. Furthermore, in 2009 and 2010, the Liberals supported Conservative budgets that undermined our environmental laws.
Nevertheless, I am pleased to see that the Liberals have now changed their tune and support a number of measures so that we can work together to improve our environment.
Does my colleague agree that the time has come for the Conservatives to develop a legislative framework so that all companies that want to decrease the use of microbeads and eliminate them from the industry across Canada and around the world are able to do so, and does he agree that this is necessary to ensure fair competition among companies?