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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We’re still nearly four months removed from the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, but wagers on the November 8th election, of the 45th President of the United States, already fall into the most popular novelty betting category on the BC Lottery Corporation’s website.

One BCLC spokesman says the popularity of putting money on the American Presidential race has steadily increased since the agency introduced the online category in 2014.

Currently Democrat Hilary Clinton has the edge with 2 to 5 odds as opposed to 2 to 1 for Republican Donald Trump, but it should also be noted that his odds have improved dramatically in the last year and a half, and were sitting at 100 to 1 in January of 2015.

In addition, given that “tepid at best” would arguably describe the temperature of the relationship between the Oil and Gas Industry, and the Obama Administration, which Mrs. Clinton has already assured voters will be the blueprint for her government if she’s elected, there’s more than just a little interest in the Trump candidacy in this region.

For some insight into what a Trump Presidency could mean regarding the direction of the debate involving climate change versus energy industry development, we spoke this week with Doctor Kenneth Green, the Senior Director for the Fraser Institutes Centre for Natural Resource Studies…

Here’s part of what he had to tell us.

In a related development, it’s worth noting that delegates at the GOP convention in Cleveland this week have adopted as part of the official Republican election platform, the revival of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, rejected by President Obama.

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