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Pipeline fight splits Canada

Alberta is trying to transform its image and pry open new markets

It wasn't supposed to be like this when Rachel Notley was elected premier of Canada's largest oil producing province after 45 years of a pro-industry regime. Notley, of the left-leaning New Democratic Party, vowed to transform Alberta from a laggard petro-state to a 21st century environmental leader when she took office. On top of slowing carbon emissions in line with Canada's Paris commitments, cleaning up the oil sands' stained image, went the argument, would make it easier to expand into new global markets and further increase oil production. She may well have bitten off more than she could chew. The challenge for Notley was vexing from the start. She had to balance her left-leaning con

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