Minister McKenna meets with U.S. environment leaders and experts in Washington

WASHINGTON D.C., Feb. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, had her first official visit to the United States today, meeting with key U.S. leaders and experts to discuss our bilateral approach to climate change and the environment.

Of particular note, Minister McKenna announced new measures to improve the quality of the Great Lakes, a vital water resource for both Canada and the U.S.

Minister McKenna also met with Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and discussed the two countries' shared responsibilities for protected areas and wildlife. This includes the joint Canada–United States Migratory Birds Convention, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Minister McKenna then met with Todd Stern, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, and discussed the importance of maintaining the momentum of the Paris Agreement, highlighting Canada's progress towards developing a pan-Canadian framework to address climate change.

Minister McKenna also met with Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Environment and Climate Change Canada and the EPA have a strong history of environmental cooperation in many areas including through the alignment of our regulatory approaches and through the Canada–United States Air Quality Agreement, which addresses the cross-border flow of air pollutants.

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For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338

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