May 31, 2017 12:40 pm
Updated: May 31, 2017 12:54 pm

Canada committed to Paris Accord regardless of Trump decision: Ottawa

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TORONTO – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the Canadian government remains committed to the Paris Accord amid concerns that the U.S. will walk away from the landmark global climate agreement.

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McKenna says she wouldn’t speculate on President Donald Trump‘s decision but added that there are economic opportunities that come with the agreement in addition to long-term benefits for the environment.

She says no one government can stop the momentum towards tackling climate change, adding that Canada will continue “marching on.”

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Earlier Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he would be announcing his decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days, and a White House official said he is expected to pull the U.S. out of the agreement.

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Such a decision is bound to frustrate allies that have spent years negotiating the deal in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

The European Union and China plan to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate change accord this week regardless of Trump’s decision, a senior EU official said Wednesday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that it would be a “crime” to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on U.S. climate policy.

— With files from the Associated Press

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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