Bathurst councillor floats idea of banning plastic shopping bags

A Bathurst councillor thinks the city should ban plastic shopping bags in an effort to protect the environment.

Pitching the idea to council Monday night, Councillor Samuel Daigle said people can't be trusted to change their habits so eliminating the choice seems to be the way to go.

He says a ban on plastic bags is taking place in a number of Canadian municipalities and that he'd like to see Bathurst become the first in New Brunswick.

Though he agrees with Daigle's idea in principal, Councillor Lee Stever says such a move would be an inconvenience for consumers and could have a financial impact on businesses as well.

Meanwhile, Councillor Penny Anderson questions whether the city would have the legal power to enforce such a bylaw.

Deputy Mayor Kim Chamberlain says council will discuss the matter further.