July 15, 2012

Stephen Harper's Plugged Pipeline Policy

Paul Wells, Maclean's

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What if the major policy initiative of Stephen Harper's majority mandate is a non-starter?

This will take some explaining. Let’s begin with a pop quiz. You're in charge of a big pipe that carries liquid a long distance. One day you notice the pressure inside the pipe is dropping. What on Earth could be making the pressure in your pipe fall?

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