On November 4, 2015, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change was sworn in and joined a Cabinet that is made up of an equal number of men and women—a first in Canadian history. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked, why?, he responded,
Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, it was time to prepare for COP21 in Paris. Minister McKenna was thrilled to have been a facilitator in this historic climate change agreement!
Soon after Paris, it was wheels up to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum. At , the Prime Minister and the Minister spoke to investors about the sustainable business opportunities that Canada has to offer.
Building on international meetings, the Minister met with environment ministers from the provinces and territories to discuss how to develop a pan-Canadian framework to address climate change and grow our economy.
On February 9, Minister McKenna participated in an armchair discussion at the Munk School of Global Affairs on lessons learned from COP21. Minister McKenna also took questions from students and was especially interested in their ideas on addressing climate change.
On February 10, Minister McKenna announced that the Government of Canada will invest $31.5 million in the Green Municipal Fund at the Sustainable Communities Conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.