Quebec and Ontario towns sign climate change agreement
The municipalities of Ontario and Quebec are joining together in the fight against climate change. Gary McNamara, the president of the Association of Ontario Municipalities (AOM) and Suzanne Roy, the president of the Union des municipalites du Quebec (UMQ) signed an agreement last week to promote the municipal fight against climate change. Everyone knows that extreme weather conditions have an impact on our local economies, on the environment and on the quality of life in our communities. As owners of most of the infrastructures in Canada, municipalities believe that investing in local sustainable development projects will contribute to attaining the provincial emission objectives while protecting residents and economies from the effects of climate change. “The UMQ is proud to sign this long-term partnership with the AOM to promote the undeniable role of municipalities in the fight against climate change. We have only one planet to live on and, as governments of proximity, it is essential that we protect it and act locally for the well-being of future generations,” said Suzanne Roy, the president of the Union des municipalites du Quebec. Climate change is a world-wide problem that requires local solutions. The municipalities are therefore most important in this fight and they have the capacity to make a difference.