In politics madame you need two things: friends but above all an enemy.
First President Reagan was not enthusiastic. But I built up a relationship with him in other areas and then persuaded him that this was important to us and to me and that we had to at least be in the process of looking at this seriously.
For example the Prime Minister earlier this year talked about the importance of the Arctic to our future. He’s right. A hundred years from now the strength of Canada is going to be coming from our resources in the Arctic.
I think the government has to reposition environment on top of their national and international priorities.
We created the Cabinet Committee on the Environment to review the environmental implications of all government initiatives. I think what made us successful was the fact that it was a sustained approach. We did something new every year.