Jun 06, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is considering the possibility of over-turning another controversial Conservative foreign policy decision – by rejoining a United Nations convention –  that battles droughts.

The Harper government pulled Canada out of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in 2013.

That made Canada the only country in the 190-plus member UN – to not be a party to the 1995 treaty.

It was called a cost-saving measure – that would spare Canada from participating in what was seen by the Conservatives as a useless ” talkfest.”

Many countries saw the withdrawl as a snub of the multilateral system.

Trudeau says Canada recognizes the link between addressing land degradation and climate change – in the global fight against poverty – and his government will have more to say about Canada’s participation in the convention by June 17th.

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