#CatherineMcKenna, #USACanadaEnvironmentTalks, #GreatLakes, #EnergyInnovation, #ClimateAction
Toronto, Mar 21 (Canadian-Media):During her recent visit to Washington, D.C., Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, discussed issues regarding trade, jobs and environment, a media release said.
Catherine McKenna. Image credit: Twitter handle
“Canada and the United States are connected in many ways, from trade and investment, to our integrated energy system and shared environment. We’ve had tremendous success over the past decades working together for clean air and clean water on both sides of our border. I look forward to continuing that successful collaboration on important issues from the Great Lakes, to clean air, to energy innovation that will protect the health of our communities and support good middle-class jobs,” said Minister McKenna.
There had been a long-term cooperation between Canada and the U.S. on environmental issues like their signing of Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement in 1991 to discourse air pollution leading to acid rain, and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, signed in 1972 and then updated in 2012 with an aim to restore and protect the diversity of ecosystems on Earth.
Minister McKenna tweeted," Collaboration is fundamental to our progress. Can-US have long history working together, especially w/ protecting #GreatLakes."
Another tweet from her, "We have come far since first signing Can-US #GreatLakes Agreement 45 years ago."
Minister McKenna met with Canadian and U.S. congressional and U.S. representative members of cities along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and confirmed that Canada was committed to protect the shared freshwater resources and ongoing implementation of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
Last week Minister McKenna met with Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to discuss Canada's commitment to cooperate with the U.S. on issues regarding environment, domestic and international innovation and clean economic growth.
At an event for the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Minister McKenna addressed the issues of Canada’s support for climate action, clean technologies and innovative practices for new growth opportunities and job creation.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)