Canada can spend to prevent or respond to disasters, but more will come

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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The total cost of the widespread flooding that devastated British Columbia last week is still under investigation.

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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.


Jonathan Wilkinson

Jonathan Wilkinson is a Canadian politician who has served as the minister of natural resources since 2021. A member of the Liberal Party, (wikipedia)


Environment and Climate Change Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for coordinating environmental policies and programs, (wikipedia)


Minister of National Defence (Canada)

The minister of national defence is a minister of the Crown in the Cabinet of Canada responsible for the management and direction of all matters relating to the national defence of Canada. (wikipedia)

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Anita Anand

Anita Anand is a Canadian lawyer and politician who has served as the minister of national defence since 2021. (wikipedia)


Minister of Natural Resources

The Minister of Natural Resources is the minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for Natural Resources Canada . In addition to NRCan, (wikipedia)


Department of National Defence (Canada)

The Department of National Defence is the department of the Government of Canada which supports the Canadian Armed Forces in its role of defending Canadian national interests domestically and intern (wikipedia)


Abbotsford, British Columbia

Abbotsford is a city located in British Columbia, adjacent to the Canada–United States border, Greater Vancouver and the Fraser River. With an estimated population of 141, (wikipedia)


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