U.S. ignored Canada’s advice on Paris climate deal, McKenna says

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna speaks during Big City Mayors’ Caucus on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Laura Payton, CTV News, June 4, 2017 

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada’s entreaties to the U.S. on the Paris agreement didn’t take hold, despite arguing it would be better for Americans to be at the negotiating table to help set the rules for the global climate deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump followed through last week on a promise to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, reached at the end of 2015 and signed onto by former president Barack Obama the next year.

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