Premier ministre, Gouvernement du QuébecAffirming Québec’s leadership and expertise on climate change and carbon markets, Philippe Couillard has taken concrete steps since taking office to mobilize sub-national governments in Canada and around the world in view of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCC) in Paris. In Canada, le premier ministre personally invited his fellow premiers of provinces and territories to a Summit on Climate Change in Québec City - was the first time premiers of provinces and territories of Canada were able to all discuss this important issue around the same table. This important summit served as an initial milestone for increased actions, commitments and collaborations among jurisdictions across Canada.
Premier, Province of OntarioIn 2013, the federal government tried to close the vitally important Northwestern Ontario’s Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) freshwater research site. Newly elected as Premier, Kathleen stepped in and saved the ELA, foreshadowing a Premier who would position Ontario as an environmental leader. With the province now developing a cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions, partnering with the Western Climate Initiative, and co-hosting (with MOECC Minister Glen Murray) 22 sub-national jurisdictions at the recent Climate Summit of the Americas, resulting in the first ever Pan-American Climate Action Statement, Ontario is now a leading voice in the global fight against climate change.