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Trudeau’s Tough Climate Policies Face a Mounting Backlash

  • Key provinces turn against pricing scheme as start date nears
  • Opponents using climate anger as wedge issue: ‘It’s working’
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Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images


Two years ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a set of aggressive policies to reduce his country’s greenhouse gas emissions, centered on a nationwide price on carbon.

As that price is about to take effect, growing opposition has put Trudeau on the defensive and has provincial governments rolling back other measures, raising questions about the appetite of this oil-exporting country to tackle climate change.