OTTAWA, June 12 Canada on Monday denied a report
that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested deleting mentions
of the Paris climate pact from the final communique of a major
summit to appease U.S. President Donald Trump.
German magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday said Trudeau had
made his comments in a call with German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, who next month will host a G20 summit. Trump said this
month he would withdraw from the Paris accord.
"This is not a true characterization ... this is not the
case," said a Canadian government official, who requested
anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
"The prime minister does not oppose the Paris agreement from
being discussed at the G20."
Canada says it is deeply disappointed by Trump's decision. A
source familiar with the matter said Trudeau had last month
strongly urged the president to stay in the pact.
"We are absolutely committed to climate action. We will be
strong on climate action at the G20," Environment Minister
Catherine McKenna on Monday told reporters by phone from a
meeting of G7 environment ministers in Italy.
McKenna said she had told Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, how dismayed she was at Trump's
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Bernard Orr)