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Trudeau commits $8.4 million to study impact of ‘climate and environmental issues’ on democracy

by Clare Marie Merkowsky

The money is part of a $30 million-plus project to ‘strengthen democracies in Canada and around the world.’

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OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is committing millions of taxpayer dollars to research how climate change “interacts” with democracy.

On March 20, Trudeau told the Summit for Democracy that Canada will send $8.4 million to the Global South to further “climate and environmental issues” despite Canadians struggling with the rising cost of living.

“Today I’m announcing that Canada is investing $8.4 million on research across the global south to better understand how climate change interacts with democratic decline,” Trudeau announced at the gathering orchestrated by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden and hosted by South Korea.

“These initiatives will also help protect the human rights of environmental defenders,” he added.

According to a press release from the prime minister’s office, the money will be used to reclaim “civic space to confront the climate emergency.”

“Canada is investing $8.4 million to support human rights defenders working on climate and environmental issues across the Global South,” it reads.

The $8.4 million is part of the more than $30 million that Trudeau is spending “for new projects to strengthen democracies in Canada and around the world.”

It includes $22.3 million to “defend human rights and promote inclusion” and $1.44 million “to strengthen the resilience of francophone LGBTQI+ rights movements in North Africa.”


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