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Canada is at a crossroads with existential consequences

By Joseph Ingram      

In selecting their policy direction, the prime minister and his deputy need to act practically, while at the same time doing the right thing for Canadians, including those in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The problem is that both Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, right, as well as the political party they represent, are very much driven by short-term electoral considerations and the financial support of an industry that, globally, is beginning to lose its centuries-long grip on public policy, writes Joseph Ingram. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

It is not hyperbole to suggest that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government find themselves today at a truly historic junction—and Canada’s economic and political future are very much dependent on which policy direction he chooses to pursue. There is no middle ground. He either takes the direction suggested by Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old climate activist, who has become a global icon and a symbol of real progress for the emerging generations, or he takes the advice of Premiers Jason Kenney, Scott Moe, and their corporate backers—those paragons of “corporate social responsibility”—the oil and gas companies.

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