Climate change would cost the federal government to avoid or respond to catastrophes.
But whichever path the leaders choose, the impact of a changing climate and increasingly extreme weather conditions is on the rise, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said to Mercedes Stephenson of The West Block newspaper.
Wilkinson, in response to a question about how much and rapid the government would be willing to spend on adapting Canadian infrastructure to manage the impacts of extreme weather in the context of climate change.
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Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun said the priority was to control the situation.
Wilkinson said not every project could be completed at the same time, but the federal government was committed to cooperating with provinces to identify the most urgent needs to upgrade critical infrastructure.