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Los Angeles: Canada will work with California to address climate change and safeguard the environment, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday.
The partnership on climate action and nature protection goes further than a 2019 agreement between the two jurisdictions on reducing vehicle emissions, and will work to “deliver clean air and water, good jobs, and healthy communities,’’ said a joint statement. The two leaders cite similarities in current policies, including efforts to ban harmful single-use plastics, commitments to clean electricity and oceans, and nature preservation plans.
The deal will encourage sharing of information and best practices as the world deals with a narrowing window to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
It also comes as gas prices hit record highs and inflation and affordability pose key concerns on both sides of the border.
Trudeau’s news conference with Newsom is in the middle of a busy second day at the Summit of the Americas. He will meet with President Joe Biden, and then take in the summit’s first leader-level plenary. He’s also meeting with the president of Argentina before sitting down with Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. On Wednesday, Trudeau spent the day talking to Latin American and Caribbean leaders about helping their countries achieve their sustainable development goals. Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, says today might be the day to put Canada’s own needs on the table.
“The world is changing … and as a response, new alignments are taking shape,’’ said Hyder, who wants Ottawa to get more assertive with the U.S. on bilateral issues.
“These are things that we can work on together, the public and private sectors … we need to learn and do more of that if we’re going to help Canada navigate its way through an extremely complicated world.’’
On Wednesday, Trudeau spent the day focused on the ever-present challenges facing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean challenges that manifest in the U.S. and Canada in the form of economic constraints and migratory pressure.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley described a “triple crisis’’ in her country: the lasting economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, soaring fuel and food costs exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, and climate impacts that are felt most acutely in tiny island nations like hers.
Mottley suggested that it’s time the rest of the world began taking those concerns more seriously.
“We don’t expect things to change immediately,’’ Mottley said.
“But what we expect is fairness, what we expect is transparency, what we expect is that just as we want to see people here, we want people to see, feel and hear us as well.’’

 

By James McCarten
The Canadian Press