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Climate change still a NAFTA priority for Canada

Environment minister says President Trump’s “heated rhetoric” won’t stop Canada from promoting its interests


 
Canada's Environment Minister Catherine McKenna takes part in a news conference during the First Ministersí meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie - RTSVGP4

Canada’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna takes part in a news conference during the First Ministersí meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie – RTSVGP4

VANCOUVER – Canada’s environment minister says climate change is still a priority in talks with U.S. officials on NAFTA, despite President Donald Trump’s recent threat to scrap the pact altogether.

Trump told a rally in Arizona on Tuesday that the U.S. would “probably” end up terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement, just after formal negotiations began last week.

Climate change was already seen as a potential stumbling block in the negotiations, as Trump has previously called global warming a “hoax” and withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

But Catherine McKenna says Trump’s “heated rhetoric” won’t stop Canada from promoting its interests, which include protecting its water, air, land and animals from the impacts of climate change.

McKenna was in Vancouver on Thursday to attend a roundtable meeting with members of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and to meet with British Columbia’s environment minister, George Heyman.

She was asked about the B.C. government’s plan to join a court challenge of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and McKenna replied that the province can make its own decisions but Ottawa still supports the project.

“We do think that this project is going to create good jobs, it’s going to help grow the economy and that it can be done in a sustainable way,” she said.

On NAFTA, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reacted calmly to Trump’s inflammatory remarks at the campaign-style rally earlier this week. McKenna echoed the prime minister’s position on Thursday.

“There’s always going to be a lot of heated rhetoric,” she said.

“We’re working very hard to promote and protect Canada’s interests. We understand the environment and the economy go together and I think there’s a real opportunity to do things like protect our water, our air, our land, our animals, because they don’t know any borders.”

She said Canadian officials were having “good discussions” with their American and Mexican counterparts.

“But let’s be clear, we’re going to protect Canada’s interests and one of the things that we are concerned about (is) the impact of climate change, like 195 countries that signed on to the Paris Agreement,” she said.

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Climate change still a NAFTA priority for Canada

  1. PS… AGW = Al Gore’s Wrong!!!

  2. yes we all need to standup for REALITY Based policy & REFUTE the current socialist crop of AGENDA Based policies that are mocked by reality! Who do the Federal Liberals REALLY work for if not the Citizens of Canada and REALITY???

    President Trump sees it, but so far Justin can’t admit he’s sold out Canada with this foolish CO2 witch hunt!