Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday, April 22, 2016. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)
Tory move 'shameful: MayTrudeau was responding to a question by Green party Leader Elizabeth May, who called it shameful of the Conservatives to take Canada out of the treaty. "It is a key instrument, not just for developing countries, but for dealing with increasing trials here within Canada," May said. "This is an area where Canada was once extremely helpful." A dry spring contributed to the massive wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., while droughts in India, Indonesia and parts of Africa have sowed mayhem. A drought in Syria, which drove farmers into cities, is seen as a contributing factor in the unrest that sparked a 2011 uprising which, in turn, led to the catastrophic civil war that has left millions homeless and hundreds of thousands dead.
Canada running for security council seatThe Bonn-based secretariat that administered the convention called Canada's decision to withdraw "regrettable." Canada's withdrawal came when the encroachment of deserts onto usable farmland was becoming an urgent issue. The year before Canada left the treaty, renewed droughts plunged millions into poverty in Africa's Sahel belt and in East Africa. Canada plans to run in 2020 for a temporary two-year seat on the Security Council; being the only country outside a UN treaty would not be a vote-getter. The Liberals have also said they will make Canada a signatory to the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which the Conservatives also refused to sign.
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