Jun 06, 2016
By Michael Kramer
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is considering the possibility of over-turning another controversial Conservative foreign policy decision – by rejoining a United Nations convention – that battles droughts.
The Harper government pulled Canada out of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in 2013.
That made Canada the only country in the 190-plus member UN – to not be a party to the 1995 treaty.
It was called a cost-saving measure – that would spare Canada from participating in what was seen by the Conservatives as a useless ” talkfest.”
Many countries saw the withdrawl as a snub of the multilateral system.
Trudeau says Canada recognizes the link between addressing land degradation and climate change – in the global fight against poverty – and his government will have more to say about Canada’s participation in the convention by June 17th.