Trudeau's climate change target won't be ready for Paris UN summit

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Federal leader Justin Trudeau suggested Monday that his party would not determine Canada's emissions reduction target until well after a U.N. climate summit in Paris, where the world will meet to tackle dangerously rising greenhouse gases.


"We’ll work with the provinces in the first 90 days of taking office to establish a framework for reducing Canada’s collective carbon footprint,” he said.

Trouble is, enviro-watch dogs say that's took late for the UN Paris meeting, starting Nov.30. Ninety days after taking office means Canada may not have a target until January 2016.

“Canada will be negotiating with other countries about what it will do and what they will do, and that will be written into a Paris agreement. And Canada’s submission will either be blank, or ‘we’ll get back to you,'” said Environmental Defence's national program manager Dale Marshall in Ottawa.

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