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In 2016 provinces and territories in Canada with the exception of Saskatchewan and Manitoba endorsed the PanCanadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change PCF A year later Saskatchewan released its climate policy 'The Prairie Resilience' a policy which departs from the carbon pricing centric PCF and rather centred resilience and innovation as more appropriate policy emphases In 2018 a new conservative government in Ontario upturned the province's previous climate policy in favour of a framework which mirrors the Prairie Resilience Within a frame of the defined metrics of effectiveness flexibility and equitability this article critically appraises the Prairie resilience vis à vis the PCF It questions the justifiability of Saskatchewan's contentions the fairness of its proposed contributions and more broadly how the Canadian climate policy can be 'turnover proofed' It is argued here that 'political acceptability' is critical to the longterm effectiveness of a panCanadian climate policy By disassembling the Prairie resilience it is concluded that Saskatchewan's contentions are only defensible in part Burden sharing through the adaptation of Europe's triptych approach and a strictflexible mode of implementation are recommended as important first steps to make a panCanadian climate policy acceptable to emission intensive provinces like Saskatchewan Ontario and Alberta