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‘Very close to a point of no return’: urgency of climate crisis top of mind for Canadian delegation heading to UN conference

By Mike Lapointe      

Climate change played a prominent role in the Speech from the Throne last week, as Governor General Julie Payette says the government's promise to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is 'ambitious, but necessary.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, pictured on Dec. 5, 2019, arriving at the Throne Speech on Dec. 5. Governor General Julie Payette says, 'a clear majority of Canadians voted for ambitious climate action now. And that is what the government will deliver.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

En route to Madrid for the final days of the first major international climate change conference since the federal election, and in the wake of a scathing United Nations report finding that Canada is currently not on track to meet emissions goals set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, some MPs and climate experts say Canada needs to take immediate steps to help forestall an impending catastrophic climate crisis—which should include conversations around shutting down oilsands production in Alberta.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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