Trudeau seeks input on climate policy from indigenous groups

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PM Justin Trudeau is urging indigenous groups to join industries and citizens to give their input on the future of Canada’s climate policy.

At a major mining conference in Toronto, Trudeau said the government would soon launch a formal initiative to see input from a range of groups on how Canada will get to the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

He says a clear way forward is crucial for both the planet and for business to provide certainty and adapt to the changing reality.

Taking carbon pollution out of the environment, and the economy, will be crucial for Canada’s prosperity, he said.

“This is a big project, and not one any of us can do on our own. We all need to roll up our sleeves and pitch in. Government, businesses, civil society, Indigenous communities, and all Canadians. The only way we create a better future is if we do it together.”

Trudeau said he hopes that one day soon Canada can reach the same consensus about climate change action as the country has on free trade, which was once also deeply divisive.

Trudeau’s speech comes a week after Teck Resources shelved its $20-billion Frontier oilsands project, citing the need for more clarity on climate and environmental policies before the company could move forward on such a project. A natural gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en traditional territory in British Columbia is yet to be resolved and endless debates are currently going on regarding several other resource projects. -CINEWS

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