Wynne encourages Trudeau to pursue North American climate change strategy
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is encouraging Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau to pursue more climate change agreements with international partners, including a major deal with the U.S. and Mexico.
Speaking to CTV’s Question Period, Wynne was hesitant to tell Trudeau what to do, but pressed for more cross-border climate change agreements.
“I think the more agreements we can get across jurisdictions, the better off we will be. And so my hope would be that he will be in conversation with those North American leaders. That can only support our position in the global discussion,” said Wynne.
The Liberal premier was also hopeful that world leaders will reach a global climate change deal at the United Nations summit in Paris this December. And she’s confident that Trudeau, who has invited the premiers and his fellow federal leaders to join him at the Paris conference, will strengthen Canada’s position in fight against global climate change.
“I think that our voice can be a very strong one, given our geographic size and given the fact that we’re pulling in the same direction now across the country,” said Wynne.
Trudeau has also promised to hold a first ministers' meeting with the premiers within 90 days of the Paris meeting, where they are expected to discuss federal and provincial approaches to climate change. For instance, he has said he will work with the provinces and territories to set a national carbon price.