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18 December 2018

Environment: COP 24 Summary by Monsef Derraji

COP 24

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — The MNA for Nelligan Offers a Summary

QUEBEC, December 14, 2018. —The MNA for Nelligan and Official Opposition Critic for SMEs and Innovation, Mr. Monsef Derraji, offers a summary of his experiences at the 24th Conference to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland. Having spent the past 6 days on a foreign mission, Mr. Derraji maintains that the Conference is the ideal place to promote Quebec’s capacity for innovation in the fight against climate change and to export our businesses’ know-how on the international stage.

Having attended a number of conferences, Mr. Derraji wanted to remind Premier François Legault and the Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Mme MarieChantal Chassé, that now is not the time for Quebec to give up on its objectives for reducing greenhouse gases by 2020.

During the event, Quebec was recognized on numerous occasions for its leadership role and its carbon exchange. The MNA for Nelligan was disappointed, however, to see that the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) has not taken any concrete measures, or earmarked the necessary financial means to renew green diplomacy under their stewardship to maintain Quebec’s leadership role on the international stage.

Knowing that every action can make a difference when it comes to climate change, the MNA for Nelligan committed to compensating for the greenhouse gases generated by his trip to Poland by making a donation to Arbre-Évolution. Eight trees will be planted by the organization.

I will have the opportunity to bring many international best practices home to the caucus over the coming weeks. Now, the team and I will be sure to apply pressure to the government to ensure that they table a transition plan for meeting the greenhouse gas reduction targets as soon as possible. The population is mobilizing because the urgency is clear. It’s up to the government to set the tone.

—Monsef Derraji, MNA for Nelligan and Official Opposition Critic for SMEs and Innovation

 Quebecers are currently mobilizing because of the climate emergency. They need to be able to count on a government that supports them and works as hard as they do. At the end of the overseas mission, the Minister had still not announced any concrete measures. Once again, it is clear that the environment is not a priority for François Legault and his team.

—Marie Montpetit, MNA for Maurice-Richard and Official Opposition Critic for the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change