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Election result shifts Canada to the left

Justin Trudeau led his Liberal Party to a surprisingly strong victory in Canada’s national election on 19 October, ending the Conservative Party’s decade in power

The election heralds a political shift to the left in Canada and will shake up the country’s oil, pipeline and climate change politics. The oil industry had a stalwart friend in Stephen Harper. As prime minister, he pushed hard for friendly fiscal terms for oil producers and new pipelines to get Alberta’s oil sands into the US and to new markets beyond North America; and he resisted measures to cut carbon emissions at home and abroad. Now the political tide has turned – a process that started in May when the left-leaning New Democratic Party’s (NDP) swept to victory in Alberta, Canada’s oil heartland. It may not be all bad for the oil industry. The strong support it enjoyed from Harper ov

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