Premier Kathleen Wynne was tackling environmental issues with other Canadian leaders at the opening session of the Globe Clean Tech conference in Vancouver, Wednesday.
Alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Christie Clark from B.C., and Quebec’s Phillipe Coulliard, Wynne praised the gospel of environmental innovation and the investment and job opportunities it could provide.
A push is on by the Liberal Premier to secure a national clean drinking water policy for native communities, in addition to driving her own “Cap and Trade” system introduced in the last provincial budget designed to discourage the biggest greenhouse gas polluters.
“We believe that is the way we will be able to drive innovation.” said Wynne “We’ve seen how the development of this carbon market can create opportunities for innovation, and how clean technology can create jobs.”
Meanwhile Trudeau says the environment shouldn’t be a partisan issue. He said politicians should come together in the fight against climate change, despite having different views on how to deal with it. He also says pipelines and wind turbines are needed to grow the economy, and that there’s no reason to choose one over the other.
Trudeau, Wynne and the other leaders’s are in talks this week with premiers and indigenous leaders on a national climate policy.
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) March 2, 2016