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Canada seeks U.S. buy-in on ocean protection as part of G7 climate initiative

Canada seeks U.S. buy-in on ocean protection as part of G7 climate initiative
From CBC - December 15, 2017

Canada has persuaded the Trump administration to consider backing a climate change-related initiative that it wants to showcase when it hosts the G7 summit next year, The Canadian Press has learned.

The June gathering of leaders from the G7 countries at a resort in Quebec's Charlevoix region will mark U.S. President Donald Trump's first trip to Canada.

Trump has shown disdain for international multilateral groups, disparaging alliances such as NATO, pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement and tearing up trade deals such as the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership.

But when it comes to the club of like-minded Group of Seven democraciesrounded out by the Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and JapanTrump is engaged and wants the Charlevoix summit to succeed.

"He's looking forward to coming. He wants to have a successful summit," Peter Boehm, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's deputy minister for the summit, said in an interview Thursday.

Trudeau formally launched Canada's G7 presidency on Thursday with a live Facebook event and said Canada will make preservation of the world's oceans a major agenda item.

Hurricanes have devastatedU.S. coasts

The Trump administration has given the green light to developing the theme in the pre-summit meetings during the first half of 2018, Boehm said.

That's because the conversations will focus on how to preserve and bolster coastal areas that have been devastated by natural disasters, or face major threats in the future, said Boehm.

"I think there is a certain relevance there. I know that the people I have talked toand I have not talked to the president on thisthere is an interest in pursuing this as one of our themes," he said.

The U.S. felt the full force of the most recent tropical storm season as hurricanes battered Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

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