Canada to follow U.S. lead at Copenhagen


Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press
December 8, 2009

[efoods]The Canadian government says it will be following Barack Obama’s lead at next week’s Copenhagen climate summit – and will propose to do no more, no less.

In a speech to a Montreal business audience Friday, Environment Minister Jim Prentice said Canada’s policy for cutting greenhouse gases would be in lockstep with the United States.

He also brushed off critics of his government’s climate-change positions, saying he will stick to his convictions despite international pressure at Copenhagen.

He cited two reasons why Canada would need to twin its policies with the United States: It would “suffer economic pain for no real environmental gain” if it took a more aggressive approach, he said. On the other hand, it would face punitive measures if it did less.

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