As environment experts gathered in New York for the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday, Napanee was paid a visit by a world leader on the subject in Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
The member of the prime minister’s cabinet was in town to offer a show of support for fellow Liberal MP Mike Bossio as he seeks re-election in the Hastings-Lennox and Addington riding ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election.
Speaking at Bossio’s campaign headquarters on Bridge Street in Napanee, McKenna gave a brief overview of what she felt were some of the Liberal’s biggest accomplishments over the past four years.
“We need practical solutions and I’m proud about what we’ve been able to do together,” said McKenna. “I’m really proud that we’ve raised 300,000 children out of poverty. We have been working with Canadians to create good jobs because people need good jobs, including young people. We have the lowest unemployment record in four decades. We’re also taking serious action on climate change.”
McKenna made note of climate strikes that have taken place all over the world as a sign that people want action on climate change.
“We ran on a platform that we were going to have a strong climate plan,” added McKenna. “And we were going to have a plan to grow a clean economy.”
McKenna said after negotiating with world leaders to form the Paris Agreement the Canadian government got to work on a national plan that included phasing out coal, investments in public transportation and renewable energy, introducing energy efficiency programs and taxing pollution.
Following a short speech to Liberal supporters she hit the canvas trail with Bossio before making stops in Kingston and Brockville.