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McKenna, Mulroney to mark 30-year anniversary of Montreal Protocol

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Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and former prime minister Brian Mulroney will be in Montreal Monday to mark the 30th anniversary of a landmark treaty to protect the earth’s ozone layer.

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The Montreal Protocol was an international agreement signed in the city on Sept. 16, 1987 to phase out the use of chemicals being blamed for destroying the ozone layer.

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Since it took effect in 1989, it has led to a drastic reduction in the production of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, which were commonly found in products including refrigerators and aerosol sprays.

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It has been revised on several occasions and currently has almost 200 signatories.

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The Canadian government has hailed the agreement as a successful example of international co-operation and credited it with eliminating over 99 per cent of substances that were thinning the earth’s protective layer.

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Both McKenna and Mulroney, who was prime minister when the treaty was signed, are expected to speak at Monday’s event.

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