The House of Commons voted 207 to 81 to endorse the Paris agreement on climate change tonight, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined a national carbon price plan Monday that will begin in 2018.
Liberal, NDP and Bloc Quebecois MPs backed the government motion, while Conservative MPs voted against. Not all MPs were in the House Wednesday.
Calling it a "really great day," Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said earlier Wednesday that formally backing the deal marks a significant step forward after 10 years of "inaction." She called on partisan critics to stop "playing politics" with an accord that is crucial to the environment.
"We're going to take practical action to tackle climate change, to grow our economy," she said. "And it's about the future of our kids and grand kids."