Canada agrees on national carbon price, but tensions remain

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the closing news conference at the First Ministers’ meeting in OttawaBy David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government on Friday reached a deal with eight of the 10 provinces to introduce a landmark national carbon price, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says will help Canada meet its international climate change obligations. The agreement was only struck after hours of heated talks and energy-producing Saskatchewan did not sign up, saying the measure would make firms uncompetitive at a time when incoming U.S. President Donald Trump looks set to adopt policies cutting energy costs. In a sign of the tension that remained after the negotiations, Trudeau and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall exchanged barbed comments at the closing news conference.

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