Canada's oil-rich province has a new government - and a different approach to energy.
The new PM will contend with more than his father's legacy when it comes to setting energy policy.

In the past couple of weeks, opinion polls have indicated a tight race across the three major Canadian parties—the Conservative Party of Canada (the Tories), the New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Liberal Party of Canada (the Grits)—showing a strong possibility that Canada may end up with a minority government, come October.

With a general national election due on October 19, 2015 in Canada, can we decipher a trend or a “revolution” in the offing? 

Both Stephen Harper and Hillary Clinton are aware that generational politics can trump the experience card.  But they are also conscious that experienced leaders like Angela Merkel and Benjamin Netanyahu have also recently won elections largely propelled by their track record. 

Canadians deserve better than election-year partisan battles over a resolution where there is no identified endgame and a significant information deficit about the dangers. 

At the end of the day, exploiting fear may bring political gain in the short term, but it is not a policy.  Freedom and security must never be a zero-sum game in a democracy.

Would Canada’s balanced approach to policy making really be at stake, should the Conservatives be re-elected?  Is Canada making a permanent shift to the right?

Mario Cuomo was grounded in convictions, values and service.  His years in office and beyond reflected that. 

A group of lawyers representing Ecuadorian villagers asked Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday to try their decades-long case against Chevron in Canadian courts.


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