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A Trump presidency could mean anything but “business as usual’ for Canada’s chemistry industry

Since the stunning results of the U.S. election, I’ve been asked a number of times: “What affect do you think the Trump presidency will have on Canada’s chemistry industry and the broader Canadian economy?”

The easy answer, of course is that its too early to tell.  And yet, the one thing we can say with some certainty is that the “business as usual” we are accustomed to, is unlikely to prevail.

Trump’s ‘no apologies’, ‘America first’ approach that has been the hall mark of his campaign and transition has raised expectations that the tepid economic growth over much of the past decade may give way to a renewed and more robust expansion in manufacturing sectors.

–– Bob Masterson, CIAC's President and CEO

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A Trump presidency could mean anything but “business as usual’ for Canada’s chemistry industry

Since the stunning results of the U.S. election, I’ve been asked a number of times: “What affect do you think the Trump presidency will have on Canada’s chemistry industry and the broader Canadian economy?”

The easy answer, of course is that its too early to tell.  And yet, the one thing we can say with some certainty is that the “business as usual” we are accustomed to, is unlikely to prevail.

Trump’s ‘no apologies’, ‘America first’ approach that has been the hall mark of his campaign and transition has raised expectations that the tepid economic growth over much of the past decade may give way to a renewed and more robust expansion in manufacturing sectors.

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Canada Needs More Chemistry

Bold leadership is needed to attract and win new investments 

The flurry of consultations by various departments over the past summer was a clear indication that the Government of Canada is focussing on low carbon, innovative, economic growth.

An effective innovation strategy should foster the development of products, services and industries that can best capitalize on the natural resources and talent that already exist in our country. The chemistry industry is well positioned to deliver on these expectations, if Canada can build and maintain a competitive, long-term investment environment.

Written off as a mature industry decades ago, North America’s chemistry industry has experienced a dramatic resurgence following the advent of abundant, low-carbon feedstock associated with the shale gas revolution. Today, more than 270 projects are being tracked totalling over $250 billion in new investments, with more than 600 additional investments in the downstream plastics sector. This makes chemistry the fastest growing manufacturing sector in North America and the poster child for reshoring manufacturing.

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Chemistry: solutions provider to the climate challenge

The Ontario and Alberta government’s recent announcements related to provincial climate change plans send clear signals that the climate challenge cannot be addressed solely through their respective cap and trade or current regulatory programs. CIAC member-companies couldn’t agree more.
Chemical manufacturing is often referred to as the invisible sector, and this is certainly reflected in the way policy makers currently view the industry and climate change.  But, that needs to change.

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Government needs to stay the course on chemicals management

On March 10, I had the honour of being the first non-governmental witness to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development as the formal, parliamentary review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 got underway. Alongside counterparts from EcoJustice and Environmental Defence, it was an interesting couple of hours as we each delivered our respective messages, and responded to probing questions from committee members. Click here for the audio recording.

During the review process, the committee is expected to look at Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) – from substance assessment and management perspectives as well as the overarching risk-based approach to CEPA and CMP implementation.

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