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Within a month of the swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at the make-or-break Paris climate change talks with a new message, a new style and a new co-operative spirit.

Canada, which had earned a reputation as a laggard in the effort to tackle global warming, was ready to “take on a new leadership role internationally,” he told the United Nation’s’s COP21 summit.

“Canada is back, my friends,” Trudeau declared. “We’re here to help.”

His commitment to climate action — a stark reversal after a Conservative government that dropped out of the Kyoto accord — was all the more...

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