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Policy Briefing: Environment
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the Liberal government won't reconsider its participation in the Paris climate pact because the U.S. has pulled out, saying momentum on climate action is 'unstoppable.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

No matter U.S. backtrack, Canada committed to leading on climate change: McKenna

The Trudeau government remains committed to preparing Canada to 'take advantage' of a $23-trillion clean growth opportunity, says Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
The government's carbon pricing plan is flexible enough to avoid harming sensitive industries and consumers.
The Trans Mountain pipeline could turn into a disaster, and too little is being done to reduce carbon emissions.
This government has failed to repair broken public trust in environmental oversight.
The government sees it not as environmental policy, but as a chance to grow its coffers.
Rather than fixating only on further reductions, we should pay more attention to how we can adapt to climate change.
The Finance Department has also refused to properly inform the auditor general about its work.
However, a market-oriented environmental policy researcher says that U.S. President Donald Trump's rollback of Obama-era climate measures 'introduced a headwind to Canadian competitiveness.'
The expert panel on environmental assessment processes also recommended the federal cabinet be responsible for handling appeals to assessment decisions, which some worry will further politicize the process.
Settling humanity elsewhere isn't a feasible option, so we'd better make sure we keep our planet habitable.
Canada must boost its land conservation areas 40 per cent by 2020 to meet its international commitment.

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