Montreal mayor condemns USA withdrawal from climate change pact

Claudine Rigal
Juin 21, 2017

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre took a shot at U.S. President Donald Trump as he kicked off a gathering of mayors from around the world, vowing that municipal leaders will band together to fight climate change.

"I'd like to thank President Trump because of his nonsense", Coderre said.

"And if there are some people who don't want it, we'll make it happen and, trust me, the mayors will be able to deliver the accord of Paris". Donald Trump made up his mind to withdraw from climate change initiative adopted by 195 nations when considering it as "very unfair to the United States, ' even though U.S. is one of the major polluters and responsible for almost 25 percent of greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere, according to data from global organizations".

Trump said earlier this month he intends to withdraw the United States from the agreement unless it can be renegotiated.

Coderre said cities are the level of government where the most immediate action can be taken and meetings like Metropolis allow for an exchange of ideas while allowing for the freedom to shape policy according to local circumstances.

Among those issues is that of climate change and Coderre didn't hold back in criticizing Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, which has been signed onto by every other country in the world other than Syria and Nicaragua.

More than 140 mayors and 1,000 worldwide and local delegates, including elected officials, experts, city planners, business leaders, private and public corporations, are gathering this week at Montreal's Palais des congrès convention centre.

Coderre is the current president of the organization.

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