Another great step in Canada - U.S. cooperation on climate change and the environment

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  1. Canada and the U.S. are close neighbours and strong trading partners. They share borders, air water and more. So it just makes sense that they share a vision on climate change.
  2. Last week, on April 7, 2016, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy came to Ottawa for a short visit with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, that strengthened the bond between Canada and the U.S. The agenda was so packed that they worked through lunch!
  3. The day started with media interviews where Administrator McCarthy and Minister McKenna set the tone for Canada - U.S. cooperation.
  4. Following the media interview, Administrator McCarthy and Minister McKenna met with Inuit leaders to exchange views on the impacts of climate change on Inuit communities. Canada and the U.S. both recognize the importance of incorporating traditional and scientific knowledge in decision making. Both countries are committed to working with Indigenous leaders to advance our understanding of climate change and our ability to manage its effects.
  5. After a busy morning, everyone needed to fuel up, so they headed to the U.S. Embassy for a luncheon with energy sector stakeholders: actual food for thought. This was a great opportunity to discuss methane reductions in the oil and gas sector and other ways to advance a clean growth program.

  6. The University of Ottawa hosted a town hall discussion in the afternoon. It was an opportunity for Administrator McCarthy to provide information on U.S. administration climate priorities and on how the U.S. and Canada are engaging bilaterally, and through multilateral initiatives, to advance the climate change agenda. Administrator McCarthy and Minister McKenna answered questions from academics, students and members of the public.
  7. At the end of the day, Minister McKenna and Administrator McCarthy discussed ways to move forward on methane emission reduction measures announced in March and how to work more closely with Mexico to achieve deeper North American collaboration on energy and the environment.
  8. Joint statement: “By virtue of our shared border and mutual commitment to preserving and protecting our environment, we look forward to many more joint environmental achievements. And by working together, we hope to create real and positive momentum globally in the fight on climate change”,  http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1048199&tp=980 
  9. April 7, 2016, represented another step towards building a better future for all Canadians and other citizens of the world when it comes to the environment.
  10. U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy visits Ottawa, Ontario - April 7, 2016
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