U.S. decision on Paris Agreement: Canada deeply disappointed

Published: 10:59 GMT, Jun 2, 2017 |

Canadian authorities said Thursday (June 1) that they were “deeply disappointed” in the U.S. decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, adding that they planned to work with the European Union and China to make progress on the Paris accord.

“Canada is deeply disappointed with the U.S. position. The Paris Agreement is a good deal for Canada and it’s a good deal for the world. It will create good jobs. The clean growth economy is where the world is going, and Canada is going to be part of it. It is also important that we remember that this is about leaving a more sustainable future for our kids. I’m very pleased to announce today that Canada will co-host with China and the European Union a ministerial summit here in Canada in September to advance action on the Paris Agreement,” Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change told reporters.

President Donald Trump, earlier on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from U.S. allies and business leaders.

International leaders including the pope had pressed Trump not to abandon the accord.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said in a rare joint statement the agreement cannot be renegotiated and urged their allies to hasten efforts to combat climate change. They pledged to do more to help developing countries adapt.