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In the hurly-burly partisan world of politics, we rarely see the forest for the trees.

That's why it's good to get an international perspective on our leaders once in a while, particularly when they are singled out for exceptional success on a policy file.

Take, for instance, Dalton McGuinty.

At home, he's seen as a modestly successful and altogether dull incrementalist.

But according to world-famous enviro blog Treehugger, Dalton McGuinty is the best regional politician in the world when it comes to the environment.

The other candidates for that award would include California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the other 49 governors, the other 12 Canadian premiers and any other sub-national leader.

He shares the podium with such low-wattage personalities as former U.S. president Bill Clinton ( best environmental ambassador), Australian PM Kevin Rudd ( best international leader), U.S. Representative Henry Waxman ( best national leader) and San Fransisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ( best municipal leader).

Part of the description of McGuinty in the notice reads:

"Unlike the 'checks and balances' in American government, in Canada if you have a majority government you can pretty much do what you want. Dalton McGuinty has consistently used that power to make this province greener, to control development and to try and fix our energy problems. Some have accused him of turning us into a nanny state; others of not doing nearly enough. However I do think it is fair to say that he has surprised us all with an extraordinary list of accomplishments and more in the works."

We Canadians tend to fail to sufficiently celebrate our successes, but this is one worth noting.

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