Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been removed from the Environment, Climate Change and Energy Commission, which chaired the global affairs minister, Stephane Dion.
The announcement was made in a two-day retreat of the Cabinet retreat in Sudbury, Ontario, with Trudeau told reporters in the fall that “hard work ahead”.
While he will continue to hold other matters on some Cabinet Committees, Dion’s removal rate from the Environmental Council is significant. He is a prominent environmental advocate for climate action and is a team representative who participated in the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, during which Canada approved a 1.5 degree limit on global warming.
As the Liberal Party leader in the 2008 federal election, he ran for a “green shift” carbon tax as part of a strategy to tackle climate change. Weng was defeated by Harper who formed a minority government.
Dion also served as Minister of the Environment in 2004 under former Prime Minister Paul Martin and was instrumental in ensuring that an agreement was reached in December 2005 at the Montreal Climate Change Conference to extend the Kyoto Protocol climate beyond 2012. Stephane Dion Stephane Dion Stephane Dion Stephane Dion Stephane Dion
As Foreign Minister – a role he picked up last November – Dionon is quite a target of criticism, refusing to return $ 15 billion of arms deals with Saudi Arabia, has been placed under the previous Conservative government.
When asked to comment on the matter, Trudeau’s office forwarded the matter to Weng’s office, which said the global affairs minister would continue to work on the climate file.
“Minister Weng has a very heavy travel schedule and is working on mileage to support the interests of Canada in the world, including climate change,” said Joe Pickerill, director of Communications Dion.
Canadian Cultural Heritage Minister Melanie Jolly will replace Weng as Trudeau with Science Minister Costi Duncan as the Chairwoman of the Committee on the Environment. The other federal ministers of the committee were Navdeep, Caroline Bennett, Jim Carr, Dominique LeBlanc, Catherine McKenna and Amarjeet Sohi.
The commission has a high demand for this fall for Trudeau and provincial governors to finalize a national strategy on climate change. Trudeau has promised to implement the price of carbon-emitting countries if the province does not step up action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Other significant changes in Trudeau’s committee include LeBron, the fisheries minister, from the House of Representatives reassigned to the chairmanship of the new Cabinet Committee on litigation management.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 8:20 PM ET with notes from the Office of Global Affairs Minister Dion.