As this edition of Policy demonstrates, energy has become a central issue in Canada’s national political debate. The Harper government sees energy exports as critical to Canada’s economic wellbeing, and is determined to improve access to the global market. The leader of the Official Opposition, Thomas Mulcair, has focused more on Canadian energy security, minimizing our environmental footprint and increasing domestic value-added. Somewhere in the middle there is Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party. While it is still the early days in Trudeau’s leadership, he has come out opposing Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, he expressed interest in possibilities of shipping bitumen to refineries in Eastern Canada and, more recently, he has indicated support of the Keystone XL pipeline.