Premiers agree to attend Paris climate summit with Trudeau


tay
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In his first post-election press conference Tuesday, Trudeau said he'd already "spoken with a number of premiers and talked about our interest and engagement in regards to attending Paris together."

"I will be engaging with the premiers in the coming weeks to establish a strong position for Canada so that people know that Canada's years of being a less-than-enthusiastic actor on the climate change file are behind us."

The defeated Conservative government of Stephen Harper has been internationally criticized for years as a climate policy laggard, but did put forward an aggressive target in May for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.

However Canada is currently not close to meeting its previous Copenhagen commitment of slashing emissions 17 per cent by 2020, and most of the reductions that have occurred came about either as a result of provincial measures or the global economic downturn of 2008-09.

The Harper government attacked any talk of carbon pricing for years as a job-killing tax on everything but it leaves office amid what appears to be a global movement toward putting a price on carbon pollution.

This week the Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced that more than 98 per cent of delegates to its annual general meeting had agreed on a resolution to reduce emissions "by using economic instruments, where the federal government is asked to work with the provinces to adopt a national carbon tax or cap and trade system to achieve a reduction in GHG by 2050."

Quebec already has an active cap-and-trade market with California that Ontario recently agreed to join, and British Columbia has had a provincial carbon tax for years.

Premiers meet by phone, agree to attend Paris climate summit with Trudeau | National Observer&
 
petros
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PEIs input is the key to the entire trip.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by tay View Post

In his first post-election press conference Tuesday, Trudeau said he'd already "spoken with a number of premiers and talked about our interest and engagement in regards to attending Paris together."


Translation:.. "Free trip to Paris!"
 
CDNBear
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WoooHoo!!! Photo Op's for everyone!!!
 
petros
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Is Wall going to bother if so will it be be to sell carbon capture systems for EOR?
 
tay
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Whatever else political opponents may say about Justin Trudeau's approach to reducing carbon emissions, they're not likely to curse his lack of inclusiveness.

The prime minister designate has already invited Green Leader Elizabeth May to be part of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations summit on climate change in Paris at the end of next month.

And he intends to invite NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and whoever is leading the Conservative party -- be it Stephen Harper or an interim leader -- as well, along with various non-governmental organizations and environmentalists, insiders say.

Trudeau's inclusive approach is in stark contrast to that adopted by Harper's defeated Conservative government, which strictly limited participation in delegations to previous climate summits, entirely excluding opposition parties.

Indeed, back in 2011, before becoming Liberal leader, Trudeau was so incensed by the Harper government's exclusionary policy that he called the environment minister at the time, Peter Kent, a "piece of s--t" in the House of Commons. His unparliamentary outburst, for which he apologized, was prompted by Kent needling the NDP's environment critic for not having gone to the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, when the government had refused to accredit any opposition MPs.

At a 2013 UN climate conference in Warsaw, Poland, May ended up joining the Afghanistan delegation after the Harper government refused once again to include any opposition MPs in its delegation. Being part of Afghanistan's delegation, rather than attending simply as an observer, allowed her to access to all the negotiations.

"I was an environmental refugee," May said in an interview. "It's absolutely outrageous what Harper did."

May said Trudeau's more inclusive approach is not surprising; he's simply returning to the traditional practice of having delegations to international conferences represent Canada, not just the governing party.

Trudeau invites May, other leaders to join UN climate summit delegation | CTV News
 
mentalfloss
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Taxprayers are getting angry.

GRRRRR
 
damngrumpy
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Well people kicked out a government dedicated to hearing itself and its own
ideology spoken without interruption Trudeau is at least inclusive even if
they are going to a chicken little conference to hear how the planet is dying
and yet the grass still grows. I think they should all go even if it is to promote
more dialogue even if the main problem is somewhat over stated.
 
AnnaG
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Well, why would they not agree to go on a romp to gay Pareee? "YAY! Let's spend a mound of tax revenue! I have not been to Le Meurice or La Cordonnerie for a long time".
 
petros
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Why bother? Just sit at home with a nice box of cardbourdeaux.
 
mentalfloss
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Taxprayers really lost this election hard eh?
 
petros
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Why? Are tax prayers Dippers?

Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

Well, why would they not agree to go on a romp to gay Pareee? "YAY! Let's spend a mound of tax revenue! I have not been to Le Meurice or La Cordonnerie for a long time".

Why bother, just get a box of cardbourdeaux and pretend the sky is falling.
 
AnnaG
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Why bother? Just sit at home with a nice box of cardbourdeaux.

FLights and sights.
 
mentalfloss
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Trudeau takes more inclusive approach than Harper to climate change summit - National | Globalnews.ca
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

FLights and sights.

Flights? Flying is like taking the bus.
 
damngrumpy
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There are some things in the national interest and this is I guess one of them.
As for taxpayers we are all taxpayers and we voted for what we got and we are
going to get what we got like it or not so get on the bus and enjoy the ride to
where I do not know.
 
AnnaG
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Flights? Flying is like taking the bus.

Maybe you have never been on a plane. They are a little bit faster, do not have to dodge as much traffic, are more comfy than buses, etc. etc.
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and you can get peanuts.
 
Walter
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They're going there to see how much money they can take from us.

Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

Maybe you have never been on a plane. They are a little bit faster, do not have to dodge as much traffic, are more comfy than buses, etc. etc. and you can get peanuts.

Unfortunately, I've had to fly a lot the past few months (Delta, West Jet, Porter) and it was all very cramped and uncomfortable but at least on Porter the booze is included in the cost of your ticket.
 
AnnaG
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Well, I suppose it matters what class you fly in. But buses do not seem to have classes. The things are just palin uncomfortable from one end to the other.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

Maybe you have never been on a plane. They are a little bit faster, do not have to dodge as much traffic, are more comfy than buses, etc. etc.
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and you can get peanuts.

Ever been 16th inline for take off in 40C in a country where pit stick is taboo?

It's the same as a bus.
 
PoliticalNick
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

They're going there to see how much money they can take from us.

Unfortunately, I've had to fly a lot the past few months (Delta, West Jet, Porter) and it was all very cramped and uncomfortable but at least on Porter the booze is included in the cost of your ticket.

The trick with westjet is to book economy then pay $50 to upgrade to 'Plus' when you check in online. It beats paying $225 extra when you book. Plus gives you free food and booze and more legroom. We do it all the time when going to Mexico

Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

FLights and sights.

I'm sure the whole delegation will require a 'business' dinner at Moulin Rouge for about 400 Euro a plate on the taxpayer dime. I would also guess they won't be staying at the $75/night motel or flying economy.
 
AnnaG
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Ever been 16th inline for take off in 40C in a country where pit stick is taboo?

It's the same as a bus.

Gas mask. And no, it is not the same. Flight time to go across Canada is about 9 or 10 hours. By bus, you may be parked beside the same smelly critter for a week.
It is definitely not the same even if you have to wait an hour or two before to.
Last edited by AnnaG; Oct 24th, 2015 at 04:27 PM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Ever been 16th inline for take off in 40C in a country where pit stick is taboo?

It's the same as a bus.

Ah, that explains it.
 
AnnaG
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Moulin Rouge is a good place to eat there?
Try the places I suggested:
LA CORDONNERIE
or
Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse
 
darkbeaver
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Paris must be nice.
 
PoliticalNick
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

Moulin Rouge is a good place to eat there?
Try the places I suggested:
LA CORDONNERIE
or
Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse

We always go to Paradis Latin. It far more intimate with better food and better service and a better show at half the price. We've tried Le Lido up on Champs Elysees and Moulin Rouge, not impressed.
Cabaret Paradis Latin Paris
 
AnnaG
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We've never had the urge to go to Paris. I went to Ireland once as a kid with Mum & Dad. Spain, Portuguese, Italian countrysides might be nice. Cities do not interest us at all.
 
PoliticalNick
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaG View Post

We've never had the urge to go to Paris. I went to Ireland once as a kid with Mum & Dad. Spain, Portuguese, Italian countrysides might be nice. Cities do not interest us at all.

It's a nice place to visit for a week. You should go at least once. If you are a big art fan you want to go for 2 or 3 weeks.

I have lots of family in England so we usually try for 4-7 days in Paris when we visit. The Eurostar train through the 'Chunnel' is cool and does 200mph but you want to go 1st class instead of cattle-car. Winds up costing about the same as flying from London but actually takes less time by avoiding airport check-in and security.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNick View Post

We always go to Paradis Latin. It far more intimate with better food and better service and a better show at half the price. We've tried Le Lido up on Champs Elysees and Moulin Rouge, not impressed.
Cabaret Paradis Latin Paris


Crazy Horse Paris
 
AnnaG
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Online tours are fine with me. Large multitudes of people put me off. At Expo 86, it was hard for me to wander around so I pretty much stuck to the Italian section and the theater where standup comics were.