Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016

The following video presents Obama, Canadian PM to Reveal Climate Change Strategy for 2050:

The tense US-Canada relationship is thawing as President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau collaborate on climate change policies. At the start of Trudeau’s state visit to Washington on Thursday, the leaders released a joint statement on climate change and the Arctic. They pledged to work closely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement reflects the sharp turn Canada made in environmental policies when it elected Trudeau in October. His predecessor had placed the expansion of Canada’s oil and gas industry at the center of the country’s relationship with the U.S. The new climate statement says Canada and the U.S. will reveal its strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the middle of the century.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada is looking for your input on the draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

  • Goal: Taking Action on Climate Change
    In order to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions levels and build resilience to climate change.
  • The new strategy outlines how 37 federal government departments and agencies are working to create a sustainable economy and protect the environment for the next three years.
  • The strategy also outlines the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability contributions to the 2030 Agenda, a set of global sustainable development goals.
Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.
Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.

“I am inviting all Canadians to take a look at the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and help us improve it. Your feedback will ensure that our plan reflects the knowledge and perspectives of Canadians and will help us shape the final strategy.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canada’s strategy for sustainable development

  • The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is the government’s plan and vision for a more sustainable Canada. A draft 2016–2019 strategy was recently released for consultation.
  • Tell Environment and Climate Change Canada what you think of the draft 2016–2019 strategy, at http://www.fsds-sfdd.ca/#/en .
  • Please share the above link to the draft strategy with others, so they can comment too.
  • You can also visit the Let’s Talk Sustainability discussion space to join in on the conversation about sustainability.

Public input is essential in building a solid strategy. We want to hear from a wide range of Canadians and get your views on what a sustainable Canada looks like. We also want to hear your ideas about what sustainability targets government should aim for over the next three years—and how those targets can best be measured and reported.

The 2015 Progress Report on the FSDS was tabled in Parliament in February 2016. This report provides available scientific information about the progress made under the 2013–2016 FSDS. It tells us where we are today and the sustainable development challenges ahead.

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The Prime Minister of Canada Will Attend the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, France, November 30 – December 11: “I Look Forward to Partnering with Provinces and Territories – and All Parties – to Achieve an Ambitious International Climate Agreement at COP 21 for Our and All Future Generations”

The following video presents First Ministers Meeting:

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Will Attend the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21, November 30 – December 11: To “work with our international partners on the adoption of an effective climate change agreement and in the transformation towards a low-carbon, climate resilient global economy.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, hosted a First Ministers’ Meeting with provincial and territorial Premiers to discuss the country’s strategy to fight climate change.

Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, hosted a First Ministers’ Meeting with provincial and territorial Premiers: Image grab from video above
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, hosted a First Ministers’ Meeting with provincial and territorial Premiers: Image grab from video above
  • The Prime Minister has committed to holding annual First Ministers’ Meetings, and to open and continuous dialogue with each provincial and territorial Premier, in service to the people of their province or territory.
  • COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Conference, will be held November 30 to December 11, 2015, in Paris, France, and is the culmination of four years of negotiations towards a new global climate agreement.
  • COP21 will see Canada engaging with other countries in negotiations towards the adoption of a new international climate change agreement. The Prime Minister has invited all provincial and territorial leaders to attend, as well as the federal Opposition leaders and Green Party leader Elizabeth May.

“The challenges we face as a country require a true partnership between the federal government and the provinces and territories, which can only be achieved by sitting down together and engaging in an open and continuous dialogue. I have the deepest respect for our Premiers, and for the knowledge and range of perspectives they bring to the table. It is exciting to engage with them today on the pressing issues of climate change and the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and I look forward to regular collaboration on a range of issues important to Canadians.”
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/11/23/prime-minister-hosts-first-ministers-meeting

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Ottawa, Ontario – 23 November 2015

Prime Minister to travel to the United Kingdom, attend Commonwealth meeting in Malta, and climate conference in France

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will travel to Europe for various bilateral and multilateral meetings. In London, United Kingdom, the Prime Minister will have an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, and will meet with his counterpart David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, on November 25, 2015. He will then travel to Valletta, Malta, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), being held from November 27 to 29, 2015.

Following CHOGM, the Prime Minister will travel to Paris, France, from November 29 to 30, 2015, for a bilateral meeting with President François Hollande. Finally, while in Paris, the Prime Minister will attend the Leaders’ Event of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He will be joined by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion. Continue reading “The Prime Minister of Canada Will Attend the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, France, November 30 – December 11: “I Look Forward to Partnering with Provinces and Territories – and All Parties – to Achieve an Ambitious International Climate Agreement at COP 21 for Our and All Future Generations””

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Open Letter to Canadians: “For the first time in our country’s history – there will be an equal number of women and men around the Cabinet table”

The following video (duration is 4 h:15 min:52 sec) presents WATCH LIVE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks following swearing-in ceremony:

  • Watch live as Justin Trudeau and his new cabinet ministers are sworn in as the new Canadian government on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Hosted by Global News’ Tom Clark and Jacques Bourbeau. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca .
  • Video starts at mark 7 min:53 sec; audio starts at mark 10 min:47 sec; and Prime Minister Trudeau, his wife and parliamentary cabinet members appear at mark 32 min:29 sec.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s open letter to Canadians


Ottawa, Ontario – 4 November 2015

My dear friends,

Today, I had the pleasure of introducing our team of extraordinary Canadians who will serve as Ministers in your new government. As a Canadian, you expect to see your values and priorities reflected in your government – and we have listened closely. Our strong, diverse, and experienced team will serve all Canadians, and – for the first time in our country’s history – there will be an equal number of women and men around the Cabinet table.

Over the course of the campaign, we promised you a government that will bring real change – in both the things we do and the way we do them. We will immediately start implementing our plan for a strong and growing middle class. On Election Day, you sent a clear message, and you rightly expect us to fulfill our promises.

I am writing to you, today, to reaffirm my commitment to spend the next four years working hard to deliver on those promises. It is time for leadership that never seeks to divide Canadians, but takes every single opportunity to bring us together, including in Parliament.

We made a commitment to invest in growing our economy, strengthening our middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. We committed to fighting climate change and protecting our environment. We made a commitment to provide more direct help to those who need it by giving less to those who do not. We committed to public investment as the best way to spur growth, job creation, and economic prosperity. And we committed to a responsible, transparent fiscal plan for challenging economic times. We expect you to hold the government accountable for delivering these commitments. Continue reading “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Open Letter to Canadians: “For the first time in our country’s history – there will be an equal number of women and men around the Cabinet table””