The discussion of a national climate change strategy & the plan for the arrival of Syrian refugees to Canada topped the agenda during the Premiers meeting with the PM on Monday.
Hoping to head to the climate change talks in Paris with a positive message, the PM insisted on seriously dealing with the issue making decisions based on science.
“It means reducing carbon emissions, including thru carbon pricing towards a climate resilient economy.” said Trudeau
However two major players from Alberta and Saskatchewan signaled they had reservations about the idea.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, said any agreement would have to find a balance between the environment and protecting employment.
The recent dip in crude prices have triggered major job losses in that provinces energy industry.
Meanwhile Ontario’s leader Kathleen Wynne hopes to keep momentum going on climate change.
“I’m hoping today that we can have some agreement among the premiers and the prime minister,” Wynne said. “That work that is already committed to, or has been done, by the provinces can form the foundation within which we will work going forward.”
Meanwhile, with planeloads of Syrian refugees on the way in the next week, the PM and Premiers discussed security as well.
“The security of Canadians remains at the core.” said Trudeau addressing the media. “Robust security planning continues to be a high priority”
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says officials will conduct database checks and biometrics tests to verify the ID of all refugees.