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Amid the oil-sands crisis, the federal parties have touted green energy and new technologies as job-generators. But at The Globe and Mail's debate on the economy in Calgary, the three major party leaders offered little insight into what a clean-energy economy would look like, with the opposition leaders blaming Mr. Harper for exacerbating the oil-and-gas sector’s problems by making the oil sands an “international pariah.”

From 2011 to 2013, employment in the clean-tech sector grew by about 41,000 jobs, but Canada’s share of manufactured environmental goods fell over the past five years to 1.3 per cent from 2.2 per cent, Céline Bak, a senior...

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