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VANCOUVER -- If 80 per cent of life is just showing up, in politics the total is probably closer to 90.

Canada's first ministers emerged from two days of talks this week with an agreement on a plan to develop a framework for climate policy action.

It would be easy to mock.

But serious observers who study the difficult politics and policy of climate change believe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the provincial and territorial leaders did more than just show up at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

"Maybe the most significant thing is, for the first time since I've been premier, and for the...

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