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Don’t be surprised if Canadians try something different this time around

By Michael Harris      

Some pundits see a horse race developing—two big parties in a virtual tie. But if the polls have it right, the lesson is not that Canadians are in for a competitive spectacle. It is that the Liberals have already lost a great deal.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, and People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier. With the perennial power parties looking like twins separated at birth, both flogging 'plans' to fight climate change with one arm around the oil industry and their heads buried firmly in the ground on real action to fight climate change, would it be so surprising if Canadians try something different this time around, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and photo editing by Marie-Louise Meunier

HALIFAX—And so it begins, that traditional steeple chase towards nothing called a federal election.

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