Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 08, 2008 14:36 ET

Minister Baird and Secretary Kempthorne Hold Bilateral Meeting

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Canada's Minister of the Environment, John Baird, held a bilateral meeting earlier today with U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne. The Minister and Secretary were also joined by the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Mary Simon, as well as a number of officials from both countries.

"Today's bilateral meeting included a number of cross-border issues, including the recent announcement by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) on the status of the polar bear, and other important issues that cross the 49th parallel," said Minister Baird. "Canada is home to the vast majority of the world's polar bear population and we want to ensure that this majestic creature thrives now and in the future."

"We discussed issues of mutual interest between Canada and the United States," said Secretary Kempthorne. "The meeting demonstrated our fair and respectful approach towards joint solutions to issues in common."

"Today's meeting ended with a commitment to continue working towards solutions to our common issues," concluded Minister Baird. "I look forward to working with Secretary Kempthorne on these issues in the future."

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Environment Minister
    Garry Keller
    Director of Communications
    819-997-1441
    www.ec.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the United States Secretary of the Interior
    Tina Kreisher or Chris Paolino
    202-208-6416