Success of COP15 in Montreal depends on the Prime Minister’s commitment

Speaker: Ms. May
Time: 30/11/2022 15:16:44
Context: Question

Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP): Mr. Speaker, the major global summit on nature, COP15, opens next week in Montreal. It was originally scheduled to take place in China, so China retains the chairmanship of this conference, but the Prime Minister could do more. Many civil society organizations have asked that the current Prime Minister put the message out and ask other heads of government to come to Canada so that a strong global biodiversity framework could be achieved. Is the Prime Minister willing to reach out and improve the chances of success for COP15 in Montreal?

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking the member for her long-standing advocacy. We are excited about stepping up to welcome the world for COP15, focused on nature and biodiversity, because we know how much it matters. In Montreal, we will be pushing countries for results on funding, protected areas and more. At home this week, we announced money for 67 projects to protect species across the country and we have gone from protecting less than 1% of our coastal areas before 2015 to protecting over 14%. I am looking forward to sharing more next week in Montreal.