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Canada has high expectations for new Environment Minister Catherine McKenna

Clean jobs and restored protection for Canada's waters are among the country's hopes for newly-appointed Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna. 

Catherine McKenna, Ottawa, Environment Minister, Paris climate talks
Canada's newly-appointed environment minister, Catherine McKenna. Photo courtesy of McKenna's website.

Canada's new Minister for the Environment and Climate Change will be Ottawa MP and lawyer Catherine McKenna. She was confirmed at an historic swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday that saw 30 Trudeau cabinet ministers declared, half of whom are women.

Minister McKenna has a large number of climate, clean tech and environmental protection promises to fulfill that were made during the election, and she is expected to go to Bonn, Germany next week for environment-minister-level international talks about climate change, ahead of the global leaders summit in Paris.

Expectations are high the process will produce the first comprehensive climate change treaty in history.

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