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Canada grapples with its energy strategy

As an emerging energy superpower, Canada’s disparate provinces must agree a united approach to energy policy

Canada’s federal and provincial energy ministers sat down in July to try to do something they have never done before – develop a co-ordinated energy strategy. It might seem odd that an important energy-producer like Canada, which sits atop the world’s second-biggest deposit of oil, lacks a formalised energy plan, but for Canadians the only policy that works seems to be none at all. Alberta’s energy minister, Ron Liepert, played host to the annual gathering in Kananaskis, an isolated spot in the Rocky Mountains southwest of Calgary, and there is no doubt they needed the quiet time to ponder some of the political and economic changes that have taken place in Canada over the past 18 months. A

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