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Canada to continue pushing environment in free trade agreement

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna speaks to media on the Ottawa River, August 21, 2017. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld 1310 NEWS)

OTTAWA — Climate change initiatives are going over well in the NAFTA renegotiation so far, and Canada is looking to bring more to the table.

Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna will soon be announcing an advisory committee of “top Canadians across industry, indigenous peoples and environmentalists.”

They are expected to discuss what the government should be focussing on in the new deal.

“As a mother of three kids, I also want to make sure that we have a sustainable future,” says McKenna.

“It’s going to be a priority, when it comes to the NAFTA renegotiations, to have strong protections for the environment, and recognizing that climate change is real and we need to be taking action together,” she adds.

Through the first round of NAFTA talks, McKenna says the U.S. administration is showing interest in protecting the Great Lakes and investing in clean energy innovation.

The first round of negotiations wrapped up in Washington, D.C. last week.

Representatives from the Canadian, American and Mexican governments will come back to the table for round two on September 10.

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