On January 23rd, our President Robert Dubé attended a conference by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, which was organized by CORIM (Conseil des relations internationals de Montréal). In her address which was entitled “Clear choices: Canada’s quest for climate change”, Ms. McKenna spoke of the impact of the rise of populism in the fight for climate change. In returning from COP24, she pointed to the temporary retreats of France and Great Britain from the discussion table, as examples of the rise in populism in these respective countries. According to her, the environmental cause in general must be accompanied by social measures which take into account the reality of the middle class, in order to avoid a polarization of the discussion.
Ms. McKenna used the occasion of this speech to congratulate Quebec on its numerous green projects underway.