Canada will announce next month that it will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, CTV News has learned. The Harper government has tentatively planned an announcement for a few days before Christmas, CTV's Roger Smith reported Sunday evening. The developments come as Environment Minister Peter Kent prepares for a climate conference in Durban, South Africa that opens on Monday, with delegates from 190 countries seeking a new international agreement for cutting emissions.
Issues on the agenda include extending the Kyoto emission targets, a move being championed by Christiana Figueres, head of the UN climate secretariat. Kent said in the House of Commons on Nov. 22 he won't sign a document at the Durban conference that extends the Kyoto targets. "Canada goes to Durban with a number of countries sharing the same objective, and that is to put Kyoto behind us," Kent said.