A lot of Canadians are feeling a bit down in the dumps about the federal government’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement, and the prime minister has made it clear that he will stick to his promise to renegotiate it.
The PM has been asked about the decision by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Question Period program on Wednesday morning.
“You can have your pride, but I think that’s one of the big things that Canadians are really worried about, is that they’re going to be left out of this process,” Trudeau said.
He was responding to a question about the fact that some Conservative MPs are now demanding that the Liberals drop out of the agreement because it does not meet the criteria that Canada has agreed to under the deal.
It is unclear if that means Trudeau is abandoning the Paris accord altogether or just taking a different tack, but he has been making it clear to Canadians that he would stick to the agreement even if he is not the prime minster.
When asked if he would make a decision by next month, Trudeau replied that he was confident that he had a strong mandate from Canadians.
“That’s why I’m going to keep making the case for why this is so important for our country, and I’m confident that the majority of Canadians, including Canadians in Quebec, will agree with me that we should stay in this agreement,” he said.
“And so I will continue to make that case.”
On Wednesday morning, Trudeau also said he was not sure if the Conservatives were going to get a majority in the House of Commons.
Asked by the host, the former Liberal leader, if he was planning to run for re-election next year, Trudeau said that was not his priority right now.
Trudeau was asked by host Evan Solomon whether he would run for a third term in 2019 if he were re-elected, and said that would be his top priority.
“I have no idea, I don’t know, if we’re going the right direction,” he responded.
In an interview with CBC News, Trudeau had also said that the Conservatives’ failure to ratify the agreement would have serious consequences for the economy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions from the media following a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, June 24, 2020.
(Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)”If you don’t ratify it, the economy is going to go in a totally different direction.
If you don, there’s going to have to be a massive reduction in exports, there will be a major reduction in the number of jobs.
And there’s a huge potential for some really significant economic consequences if we don’t get it,” Trudeau told CBC News.
According to Trudeau, the Conservatives failed to ratifying the agreement despite having a mandate from voters in the past.
“[They] have been very clear that they want to renegotiating this agreement with us.
But they have not said they’re actually going to ratified it.
They haven’t said, ‘I’m going through this process with you,'” he said, adding that the lack of an agreement could mean the worst for the Canadian economy.
Prime Minister John Bercow addresses the media after a news briefing in Ottawa, June 26, 2020, on his decision to not ratify a climate change agreement that was agreed to in Paris in December.
(CBC News)Trudeau said he had talked to some Conservative caucus members who were “really angry” and said he hoped they would listen to what they have to say.
Trudeau added that there were still plenty of Conservatives who had been “very open to” the Paris agreement, but said the Conservatives had not done enough to support the deal and that he hoped he could be “a voice for Canadians.”
“We’re not going to give up on Canada.
We’re going on,” he told CBC.
“We’ve got to continue to build that bridge.
We’ve got an amazing economy, we’ve got great leaders in this country.
We need to continue building that bridge.”