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Canada Won't Budge on Climate Change, Peter Kent Insists

Dec 3, 2012
(The Globe and Mail)

Environment Minister Peter Kent arrives at the United Nations climate summit in Qatar this weekend with a target on his back, representing the only government that has withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol and taken a hard line on the need for emerging-market countries to make binding commitments to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

In an interview before leaving Ottawa, Mr. Kent made it clear that Canada would not deviate from its contentious path or sacrifice economic growth to cut emissions.

"We are taking our obligations seriously," he said. "But we are balancing our obligation and engagement on climate change with sensitivities to the realities of Canada's still-recovering economy, job creation and job growth, and we will continue on that course."