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Confusion reigns over energy policy

October's federal election barely changed the balance of power, but the Conservative party's energy plans face growing opposition, writes WJ Simpson

THE CONSERVATIVE party slightly strengthened its minority government in last month's federal election, but its energy policies are likely to face mounting pressure from three left-leaning opposition parties. All three minority parties favour stronger action than the Conservatives, led by prime minister Stephen Harper, on greenhouse-gas (GHG) regulations and limits on expansion of the Alberta oil sands – issues that, during a five-week campaign, were swept away by the global economic crisis and US electioneering. Even less attention was given to Harper's surprise proposal to ban exports of raw bitumen to countries with lower GHG standards than Canada and talk, among opposition parties and by

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