Trudeau takes jab at Harper for squandering green opportunities

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a keynote address this morning at the opening session of the GLOBE 2016 Conference – a clean technology conference taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre this week.

He used his speech to announced that the Government of Canada will invest $75 million in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in order to help cities reduce emissions. An additional $50 million will be allocated to improve building and infrastructure codes to bring them to environmental standards.

Taken together, these measures will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance the life cycle of public and private infrastructure projects—including buildings, bridges, roads, and water and wastewater utilities—and ensure the long-term sustainability of Canadian communities,” said Trudeau.

He also made reference to the former Conservative government and what he believed was their lack of action when it came to building a green economy.

“In Ottawa, 10 years of opportunity were squandered. We failed to capture our share of this new marketplace. We had a government that saw economic growth and environmental health as competing interests, rather than vital components in a single engine of innovation.”

The Prime Minister also addressed his stance on pipelines, claiming that a compromise could be made to keep the government’s commitment to clean energy solutions.

“The choice between pipelines and wind turbines is a false one. We need both to reach our goal. And as we continue to ensure there is a market for our natural resources, our deepening commitment to the future,” he said.

Over the next three days, the GLOBE Conference will bring together global business executives, government officials, and municipal and community leaders to collaborate and learn about clean technology.

Trudeau will be meeting with all 13 provincial and territorial premiers and Indigenous leaders today and tomorrow to construct a nation-wide climate change policy draft.

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