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Over the last decade, many Canadians have been saying either that climate change was not really occurring or that Canadians would never support effective climate policies – or both. The Liberals’ disappointing result in last October’s general election seemed to confirm the naysayers’ view of Canadian realpolitik. But all this changed last November 4 with the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. The naysayers in Canada started to sing in harmony with the new U.S. song sheet.

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