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Which broken Liberal promise most reminds you of Stephen Harper?

If Gerry Caplan is right, the shine is starting to wear off Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals. This week, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna approved the controversial Pacific Northwest LNG plant in British Columbia, enraging environmentalists and Indigenous leaders who trusted Trudeau when he promised a new deal for Canada's First Nations and real action on climate change.

We suspected from election day that Trudeau's promises were far from ironclad (timely then that our Parliamentary Correspondent Karl Nerenberg returns this month). The Liberal Party, and particularly Trudeau who currently stands unchallenged by the two leaderless parties facing him in the House, have enjoyed high approval ratings in the polls. But with this latest flip-flop, the broken promises are starting to stack up.

Maybe you're sad about some of them. Maybe (probably) some of them make you pretty angry. Maybe you're disappointed or maybe you're just pretty pleased you can finally say "I told you so." But which broken promise makes you forget that we ever had an election at all?

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Can Canada be a real leader in the fight against climate change?

It is now officially fall, which means it is officially time to talk about carbon pricing, apparently.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Wednesday that all provinces could soon have either a cap-and-trade system or carbon tax as the Liberal government continues to prepare its national plan for carbon pricing.

McKenna also noted that in order for the system to be effective, price must increase with inflation instead of being fixed.

Hilariously, at the UN conference this week, Norwegian politician Erik Solheim joked that since everyone loves Canada, everyone would be happy to take leadership from Canada.

Can Canada be a real leader in the fight against climate change?

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Do you think the Energy East pipeline should still be built?

So... things have been happening when it comes to the Energy East pipeline.

Well that's an understatement, but the gist is that the members of the regulatory panel were forced to resign last week after some... conflicts of interest among other things.

Once a new panel is selected, the hearings will continue, apparently.

Also of note is that a CIBC bank analyst said there is now only a 25 per cent chance the pipeline will be built.

Do you think the Energy East pipeline should still be built?

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What problematic parts of Bill C-51 do the Liberals need to repeal?

Guess what?! The Liberals have started the formal review process for national security, which has specifically identified problems with the former Conservative government's highly controversial Bill C-51.

Let us all remember that the Liberals, then the third-party opposition, were apparently against parts of Bill C-51, yet still voted for it.

The new Liberal government has now promised to repeal the problematic parts of the bill and introduce new measures that will balance security with rights and freedoms.

What problematic parts of Bill C-51 do the Liberals need to repeal?

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How impressed are you with the Liberals?

It's been what, 10 months, since Canada's new Liberal government was ushered in under our new prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

Trudeaumania got off to a rousing start -- the man could do nothing wrong. He launched committees, assembled task forces, reversed cuts and had some great photo-ops.

Now, is the sparkle starting to fade? The Liberals have been criticized for their bungling of files such as assisted dying, breaking promises, specifically to Indigenous communities, and generally talking left while acting right.

How impressed are you with the Liberals?

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What's your reaction to the fact that fracking could trigger earthquakes that could damage B.C. dams?

This week the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative (CCPA) exposed through a Freedom of Information request that senior B.C. Hydro officials fear that earthquakes, triggered by fracking, could damage Peace River dams and put hundreds, possibly thousands, of people at risk.

The Crown corporation has not said anything publicly about these concerns, instead negotiating behind closed doors, and has kept the public in the dark.

Let that sink in.

Fracking could trigger earthquakes more powerful than some dams are designed to withstand and they said nothing.

What's your reaction to the fact that fracking could trigger earthquakes that could damage B.C. dams?

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Should Elizabeth May resign as Green Party leader?

This week the Green Party voted to officially endorse the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

BDS supporters describe the movement as non-violent and that its purpose is to pressure Israel to end its decades-long occupation of Palestinian land.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May is opposed to BDS, calling it "polarizing, ineffective and unhelpful." She will be taking time off to consider resigning as leader. 

Should she resign?

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Are you surprised the Trudeau government granted permits for Site C?

The good ol' Trudeau government quietly granted two crucial federal permits for the Site C dam last week.

Organizations and individuals have been protesting against the proposed hydroelectric dam since it was proposed, citing environmental destruction and lack of respect for Indigenous rights among many reasons.

Are you surprised the Trudeau government granted Site C permits?

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How's the 2016 U.S. presidential race treatin' ya?

The U.S. presidential race is officially, officially on with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battling to see who will be elected the apparent "leader of the free world."

How's the 2016 presidential race treatin' ya so far?

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Is a carbon tax the best way to reduce emissions and fight climate change?

Carbon tax. It is an "essential element" to fight climate change, Justin Trudeau said yesterday.

Stéphane Dion jokes aside, the question remains: Is a carbon tax the best way to reduce emissions and fight climate change?

The Council of the Federation meeting this week has carbon pricing on the agenda and there have been disagreements about the best way to move forward and if a national carbon tax will be fair and effective.

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