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Canada, Australia PM say economy trumps climate change

Published on Jun 10, 2014 6:45 AM
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speak during a joint press conference in Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canda on June 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada and Australia's conservative prime ministers said on Monday economic concerns trump climate action, with Ottawa's Stephen Harper insisting any nation claiming otherwise is lying.

Both leaders have faced increased criticism over their climate policies after US President Barack Obama last week unveiled the first major regulations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States.

"It's not that we don't seek to deal with climate change, but we seek to deal with it in a way that will protect and enhance our ability to create jobs and growth and not destroy jobs and growth in our country," Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

"And, frankly, every single country in the world, this is their position: no country is going to undertake actions on climate change, no matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country.

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