PM to express 'concern' to Biden over Keystone XL cancellation

PM to express 'concern' to Biden over Keystone XL cancellation

Mr. Trudeau, speaking Friday morning before an anticipated 5 p.m. ET phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden, said he is nevertheless disappointed that the Democratic leader has revoked the permit for the 1,947-kilometre pipeline that would have carried Western Canadian crude oil to the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast.

"It's not always going to be flawless alignment with the United States".

"Any responsible government would have made that decision or the project would have died a year ago", said Kenney.

"But to be able to agree on the values and the approach and to have real discussions on how we will improve the situation for all the people who live in Canada and the United States" marks the beginning of "a new era "for" friendship "and" Canada-US work and I look forward to starting this afternoon with Mr. Biden, "he concluded".

In a letter to Trudeau Friday, Kenney claims when Biden cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project on Wednesday, he broke several free trade regulations.

And Trudeau promised the federal government would be there to support oilpatch workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who have been hurt by the decision.

The Canadian prime minister, who had a notoriously hard relationship with Donald Trump, had praised himself for being the first leader to speak on the phone with Biden shortly after his election in November 2020.

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But there's little doubt the fight is far from over, particularly if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has anything to say about it.

That same day, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., Trudeau-appointee Kirsten Hillman, also said Canada should give up on Keystone and move on.

On Thursday, pipeline owner TC Energy announced it would eliminate 1,000 jobs as a result.

The Premier complained, "That's not how you treat a friend and ally".

"He had opposed the Keystone pipeline ... and he's been consistent in his view and he was delivering on a promise he made to the American public during the campaign". The decision will cost thousands of direct construction jobs for welders, mechanics, electricians and pipefitters.

He also called on the Canadian government to press the USA government to compensate TC Energy and the government of Alberta for "billions of dollars of costs incurred in the construction of Keystone XL to date".

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