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Moe asks Ottawa to explore ways to ‘compel’ Biden on Keystone

Moe asks Ottawa to explore ways to 'compel' Biden on Keystone
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That comes as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney urged Ottawa to implement trade sanctions if Biden doesn’t change course on Keystone.

Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office reversing former president Donald Trump’s permit for the project, which would carry more than 830,000 barrels of crude per day from Alberta to Nebraska but has met criticism from land owners and environmentalists. Moe called the move “a devastating blow to North American energy security.”

Jim Farney, head of the politics and international studies department at the University of Regina, said Canada could, conceivably, put pipeline construction at the centre of its trade strategy, much like it did for softwood lumber and aluminum tariffs in the past. But it’s an open question how high Trudeau would be willing to put Keystone on his list of priorities as he builds a vital relationship with Biden. The pair are set to speak Friday.

“There are some really big foreign policy questions floating around,” Farney said. “So the question could be, how far up in that pecking order does Keystone fit from a federal perspective?”

Trudeau addressed Biden’s decision in a Wednesday statement, saying he’s “disappointed” but acknowledges the new president’s “decision to fulfil his election campaign promise on Keystone XL.”

He said he will always have Saskatchewan workers’ backs, before listing a wide range of other issues he hopes to work with Biden on.

awhite-crummey@postmedia.com

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