Newspaper article The Canadian Press

EU Sunny about Canada on Climate, Energy Progress with New Liberal Government

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

EU Sunny about Canada on Climate, Energy Progress with New Liberal Government

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EU sunny about Canada on climate, energy

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OTTAWA - The European Union says the arrival of the Trudeau Liberal government heralds a new era of transatlantic co-operation on energy and climate change.

Marie-Anne Coninsx, the EU ambassador to Canada, says the Oct. 19 election of Justin Trudeau has changed the playing field on those two issues.

The major change, she says, is that Canada now links climate change and energy policy, which allows for a high-level dialogue on a variety of related issues.

Coninsx says a team of EU ministers from various related portfolios will be in Ottawa in the first half of the year to meet their Canadian counterparts for talks on key issues.

The EU's view of Canada's new prime minister emerges as Trudeau continues his travels in the Swiss Alps at the World Economic Forum, where he has talked up Canada's innovation and brain power over the country's vast, but finite, natural resources.

Coninsx says Europe has identified renewable energy, innovation and research, as well as growth in imports of liquefied natural gas, as priorities it can pursue with Canada.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, she said the first LNG shipment to Europe from Canada -- a private contract -- will leave New Brunswick bound for Germany in 2020.

"We had good co-operation with the previous government," Coninsx said, referring to the Harper Conservatives who negotiated an agreement in principle for a massive trade deal that is in midst of its legal polishing.

"With the new government, we have an additional opportunity to strengthen our co-operation in a number of areas on global issues," Coninsx added.

"But we see an additional opportunity with this government particularly, I refer to the dossier of climate change and the environment," she added, noting the performance of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at the recent global climate talks. …

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