Government of Yukon

September 30, 2016

Minister standing up for Yukon values at Montreal meeting

WHITEHORSE—Minister of Community Services Currie Dixon is attending the meeting of Canada’s territorial and provincial environment ministers in Montreal on October 3 on behalf of Minister of Environment Wade Istchenko.

Ministers will be discussing the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which will be a roadmap for provinces and territories to grow Canada’s economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.

“In Montreal I will be taking a strong stand on behalf of all northerners to ensure that national climate change policies recognize the unique circumstances that exist in the Arctic and sub-Arctic,” Dixon said. “My message will be a clear one: a carbon tax is not the solution for Yukon or the other territories. We have a made-in-Yukon solution to climate change that will reduce our emissions while growing the economy.”

Following the October 3 meeting, recommendations for a Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change will go to first ministers for review and possible ratification later this year. Along with providing national guidance, a pan-Canadian framework will support Canada’s partnerships and commitments internationally, including those identified through the Paris Agreement and the upcoming Conference of the Parties 22 in Morocco this November.



Michael Edwards
Cabinet Communications

News Release #16-338