Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod speaks to media in Ottawa. (Photo: CP)
'Heartened' by Trudeau's pledges"From all accounts, the prime minister has indicated that the government of Canada is going to take a much more active leadership role working ... closely with the provinces and territories, so I was heartened by that," he said. "I was also heartened by the fact that Canada contributed significantly to help developing countries to deal with climate change. We are hopeful he will take the same approach with developing territories to help us deal with the effects of greenhouse gases that are largely not our own doing." The annual average temperature has increased 1.6 degrees C, or twice the global average, since 1948, according to briefing documents prepared for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Canada's North has warmed by about three times the global average — a boost of 2.2 C, the documents note.
"It is unnerving to ... have temperatures in the single digits in January ... you wonder what the world is coming to.""I remember 20 years ago, I had the opportunity to make a presentation to a Senate committee on climate change," McLeod said. "I look back to some of things I talked about. Most of it has come true." McLeod recalled a senator asking if he would be happy to see warmer temperatures in the North. "I said 'No, the reason we live up here is because we like the cold weather and we like our four seasons," he said. "So it is unnerving to ... have temperatures in the single digits in January ... you wonder what the world is coming to."
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