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O’Toole climate policy would be ‘humiliating’ for Canada at the UN

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and his Conservative rival Erin O’Toole are neck-and-neck heading into the final days of the federal election campaign, according to the latest polls.

Tom Rand, author of the book Climate Capitalism, says a Conservative win could prompt Canada to request a weaker national emissions target at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

“I think it will be humiliating for Canada to show up and actually go back on a word we gave a couple of years ago,” he told Yahoo Finance Canada’s Editor’s Edition.

He says such a move would likely be a first for any country, and warns it would set a bad precedent as developing nations are increasingly asked to set and achieve climate goals.

Watch the full episode of Editor's Edition here.

Got a question for Tom Rand? Email Jeff.Lagerquist@yahoofinance.com and let him know what interests you in the world of clean energy and technology.

Jeff Lagerquist is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jefflagerquist.

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