Environment Minister Catherine McKenna speaks at a press conference in Ottawa on Jan. 29, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)McKenna also said the federal government will stick to the existing targets for reducing carbon emissions, set by the previous Conservative government.
"I'm not trying to do that. We're trying to go forward in a way that we're working with everyone."The landmark deal calls for limiting global temperature increases this century to well below two degrees Celsius. It only comes into legal force after 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions formally ratify. Senior government sources told The Canadian Press that Canada will deposit its ratification at the United Nations before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets the premiers for a promised first ministers meeting on a climate plan that's been under discussion for months. The timing of Trudeau's meeting with premiers is in flux but it does not appear likely to take place before Canadian representatives are back at a UN climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 7-18, to discuss implementation of the Paris accord. McKenna made clear Sunday, the federal government will do what it takes to move forward.
Brad Wall angry already"That means that we would have a system that would be imposed, yes," she said. "I'm not trying to do that. We're trying to go forward in a way that we're working with everyone." Wall, appearing on the same program, was critical of McKenna, saying it wasn't good for federal-provincial relations. "It's not the collaborative approach that the prime minister promised when he was elected. Not just on this issue, but in general on federal provincial issues," Wall said. Wall said Saskatchewan already has a price on carbon, and any further action by Ottawa could hurt Western provinces already under stress because of falling oil prices. "If it's some sort of a universal price that will, you know, manifest itself as a tax, and be disproportionately impacting the energy sector, which is already reeling, then we have a big problem in Saskatchewan with that kind of unilateral action."
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