With the inauguration of the Biden administration just a few weeks away, Canada is looking forward to renewing its ties with the United States in the area of environmental protection. The relationship between the two countries on environmental matters has been strained since Trump assumed the presidency and took an anti-science position. Such position led it to withdraw from the Paris Treaty on climate control. Canada’s Environmental Minister, Jonathan Wilkerson, hopes that both countries would agree on a North America ban on new gasoline-powered vehicles and trucks in a bid to reduce the emission levels. Wilkerson is looking for a firm commitment to halt the sales of gasoline-powered engines. Such commitment would come in the form of a date when such vehicles will no longer be on the market. Three years ago, Canada targeted 2040 as the year to stop the sales of emission-emitting vehicles.

-The Political Scientist

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