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WATCH: Trudeau pledges to destroy the Canadian oil and gas sector

"That's no small task for a major oil and gas producing country. It's a big step that's absolutely necessary."

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Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will place a cap on emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector, which will effectively decimate part of the country's economy.

Speaking at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, UK, Trudeau warned the international community that other environmental disasters like the fires in British Columbia will become a permanent feature without tough action.

"What happened in Lytton can and has and will happen anywhere," said the prime minister. "How many more signs do we need? This is our time to step up, and step up together."

The Liberal Party promised to introduce this cap during the recent election. Trudeau's plan will be to force oil and gas companies to curb their emissions until it hits zero in 2050.

"We'll cap oil and gas sector emissions today and ensure they decrease tomorrow at a pace and scale needed to reach net zero by 2050," said Trudeau.

"That's no small task for a major oil and gas producing country. It's a big step that's absolutely necessary."

Trudeau's new environment minister is expected to launch the consultations for this program on Monday. Trudeau also stated that Canada will commit $5 billion to help poorer countries reduce their own emissions.

All this, however, won't be enough to significantly curb global emissions unless countries like China also participate. The Chinese leader's absence from this conference, then, is not an auspicious sign.

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