IN THE HOUSE ~ Question on Canada's participation at the COP21 Summit in Paris

Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, this week Canada is back in the hall of shame on climate change.

First the government showed up at the Paris negotiations with the Conservatives' weak targets. Now it is blocking agreement on compensation for the world's poorest people.

This has earned Canada a fossil of the day award. Just like the old government used to do; it is déjà vu all over again.

When will this government stop blocking negotiations and finally show some real leadership on climate change?

L'hon. Stéphane Dion (ministre des Affaires étrangères, Lib.): Monsieur le Président, c'est tout à fait le contraire. Pour la première fois, depuis dix ans, le Canada est un leader dans la lutte aux changements climatiques.

Instead of being a laggard, we are a leader. That is a change. We must congratulate the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. She has been appointed as a facilitator by the chair of the COP21. It shows how great she is at helping to reach the result we want in the fight against climate change.

Canada is back.

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