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On policy durability

By Blake Shaffer      

For policy to be effective, it needs to withstand the whims of election cycles. No doubt there will be changes in direction—that is, after all, what voters are asking for when electing a new government.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured on Feb. 10, 2018, at the Manning Centre conference in Ottawa. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Doug Ford has been premier of Ontario for roughly a month, and already his legislative changes are creating a policy U-turn on many fronts. Cap and trade: cancelled. Green spending programs: gone. Some 758 renewable energy contracts: poof.

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