Environment Minister Catherine McKenna delivers the keynote address at the Canada 2020 conference. (Photo: Justin Tang/CP)In 2013 at the UN-sponsored COP19 in Warsaw, the Canadian government was handed a "lifetime unachievement award" for what environmentalists said was obstructionist behaviour. The new Liberal government came to office last month promising a renewed national priority on combating climate change, with both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and McKenna winning international plaudits for providing Canada with a new perspective. However, several sticking points remain in the final text for a Paris agreement, including whether the world's developed countries should be liable for climate-change-related damage to some of the poorest and most vulnerable countries on the planet.
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