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Conservatives feel heat on climate change

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A few days ago, Lisa Raitt made a serious blunder. For no obvious reason, she decided to attack Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by saying there was no clear link between extreme weather and climate change.

Thousands of angry tweets later she took down her provocative post. It’s not clear whether this will mean temporary damage for the usually thoughtful and professional deputy leader of the Conservatives — or something more permanent.

Every couple of decades a cause arises that seizes younger voters. In the 1960s and ’70s it was sexual liberation and civil rights, in the ’80s and ’90s it was nuclear disarmament, gay marriage and apartheid. A decade ago it was antiglobalization, anti-1 percenters. Today it is #MeToo. For the decade ahead it appears certain to be the climate crisis.

Interestingly, in response to each one of these groundswells, traditional politicians — especially on the right — made serious gaffes. It is tempting to chuckle how wrong-footed politicians were about arms control, AIDs, Mandela, equal marriage and on and on — except that it was........

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