Trudeau blames Harper for fum­bling Canada’s key re­la­tion­ship with U.S.

Asian Journal - - Nation - The Cana­dian Press

Ot­tawa: Justin Trudeau is ac­cus­ing Stephen Harper of flub­bing Canada’s most im­por­tant diplo­matic re­la­tion­ship, with the United States. Af­ter al­most a decade of Harper as prime min­is­ter, Canada has less in­flu­ence in Washington, the Lib­eral leader said Mon­day. He at­trib­uted that to Harper’s hy­per­par­ti­san­ship, which Trudeau said ren­ders the prime min­is­ter un­able to work with peo­ple who don’t share his ide­ol­ogy, like Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. “Does any­one doubt that Harper would have taken a dif­fer­ent ap­proach with a Repub­li­can in the White House?’’ Trudeau asked dur­ing a speech to Canada 2020, a pro­gres­sive think tank. He ac­cused Harper of re­fus­ing to do any­thing to mol­lify Amer­i­can en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns about the Key­stone XL pipeline pro­posal, which would pump crude from Al­berta’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, and of fur­ther an­tag­o­niz­ing Obama by try­ing to force his hand on the is­sue. He re­called how Harper told an Amer­i­can au­di­ence that U.S. ap­proval of Key­stone was a “no brainer’’ and de­clared that Canada would not take no for an­swer.

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