Canada hopes that the United States will not withdraw from the Paris climate agreement but will remain committed to it whatever the decision of its American neighbor, said Wednesday the Canadian Minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna.
“I have had many discussions with my American counterpart and insisted that 90 per cent of the agreement remains to be negotiated and that it is better to stay at the table to be able to do so,” said the minister at a press conference.
“I hope that the United States (…) will remain in the Paris agreement,” McKenna said. “But it is up to them to decide,” she added.
In any case, “Canada will continue to move forward, like the rest of the world”, even if Donald Trump decided to withdraw.
“Here in Canada, we understand that the economy and the environment go hand in hand,” she said, adding that green technologies and renewable energy represent “enormous economic prospects”.
These statements followed Wednesday reports from several US media that Donald Trump intends to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement which was reached to limit the rise of the global temperature to less than 2 degrees compared to the pre-industrial era.
On Wednesday, President Trump promised in a tweet an announcement “in the days to come” on the agreement signed by 196 countries in 2015, without confirming or denying the news reports.