Kenney issues letter to Trudeau, calling for action on Keystone XL

Katie Ramirez
January 23, 2021

"The decision on Keystone XL is a very hard one for workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who have had many hard hits over the past few years", Mr. Trudeau told reporters.

Much of the letter rehashes what Kenney has argued this week: That the Keystone XL project is dramatically different from the one that was under consideration during the Obama administration; that the federal government must put in place retaliatory tariffs to protest Biden's decision; and that the project has massive union-worker contingents.

Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office revoking a Keystone XL permit granted by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Justin Trudeau signalled Friday that he wants to move beyond the Keystone XL disagreement with the Biden administration because there are so many other areas where he wishes to collaborate with his American counterpart, from fighting climate change to resolving the COVID-19 pandemic.

The premier will have a likely ally in Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who threatened legal action on Monday if the permit was pulled.

Singh said Kenney's decision to invest in Keystone XL despite its uncertain future was "a massive, abysmal failure". That decision will result in about 1,000 job losses, according to the company.

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"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", Psaki said.

"Our country has never surrendered our vital economic interests because a foreign government campaigned against them".

As word emerged this week of the project's imminent demise, Calgary-based owner TC Energy revealed plans to spend US$1.7 billion on a solar, wind and battery-powered operating system for the pipeline to ensure it achieves net-zero emissions by 2030. The province also agreed to guarantee US$4.2-billion of debt related to the pipeline.

"It's not always going to be ideal alignment with the United States; that's the case with any given president", he told a news conference outside his Rideau Cottage residence.

He was quick to add, however, that President Biden was "much more aligned, (not) only with my values as Prime Minister, but with the values of Canadians".

"I am very much looking forward to working with President Biden".

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