Saturday 20 January 2018

Justin Trudeau paddled across a river in a kayak to talk to families about climate change

The Canadian PM marked World Environment Day with a trip on the Niagara River.

By Zaina Alibhai

It’s not every day you come face-to-face with a prime minister, especially not one who appears on your doorstep in a kayak.

The Robinson family from Ontario were treated to a surprise visit from Canadian PM Justin Trudeau after he paddled up to their home along the Niagara River.

To mark World Environment Day and Canada’s commitment to tackling climate change, Trudeau spent part of his day on the river, stopping to chat with neighbours along the way.

The Robinsons have lived by the river for five years and mum Anne told the BBC: “It was certainly a surprise when he turned and kayaked right over to us for a chat. Prime Minister Trudeau is very engaging and easy to talk with.”

The prime minister uploaded photos of his Niagara River adventure on Twitter after posting a statement which said Canada has “taken strong steps to protect the environment and promote clean economic growth” and is committed to fighting climate change.

The statement read: “World Environment Day reminds us that we have a global responsibility to safeguard our environment – and that each of us has a role to play to preserve and protect it.

“More than ever, Canada is committed to provide international leadership to fight climate change and support clean economic growth. We will continue to work with our domestic and international partners to drive progress on the environmental challenges we face as a global community.”

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