The Daily Courier

According to Trudeau’s own words, he’s to blame for Keystone XL decision

- ALBAS Dan Albas is the Conservati­ve MP for Central Okanagan-Similkamee­nNicola. Email: or call 1-800-665-8711.

By the time you read this report, newly sworn in United States President Joe Biden may well have signed an executive order rescinding the constructi­on permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Keystone XL pipeline is proposed to connect Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Nebraska, over 1,947 kilometres to transport Canadian crude oil to US refineries.

The potential loss of the Keystone XL pipeline would have a significan­t impact for Canada, in particular Alberta, in terms of job losses and billions lost from corporate income taxes, carbon taxes as well as royalty payments.

The loss of the Keystone XL pipeline will also mean that U.S.based refineries will have to increase importing crude oil from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq, countries that have much weaker environmen­tal and labour standards than here in Canada.

A potential increase of shipments of oil by rail between Canada and the United States is also a likely outcome with the loss of the Keystone XL pipeline.

This outcome is not only more costly; but it is less efficient and less safe.

For these reasons, the Keystone XL pipeline has been long supported by the Conservati­ve Party both when in government and now in opposition.

It has also been long supported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In fact, during his time in opposition, Trudeau was clear that “one of the big things the prime minister needs to get right is getting our resources to market.”

Trudeau also stated that if a U.S. president vetoed Keystone XL, “the prime minister has not fulfilled that responsibi­lity.”

Trudeau was clear that if the Keystone XL pipeline is blocked by the United States that the “prime minister take personal responsibi­lity for this diplomatic failure.”

By Trudeau’s own words, this potential Keystone XL pipeline failure is one that he, as the prime minister today, must now take full responsibi­lity for.

Those who follow this prime minister closely will know that he will not likely take any responsibi­lity for this “diplomatic failure.”

The reality is the Keystone XL pipeline has been a target of U.S. Democratic presidents for some time now, including both Obama and now Biden.

This was just as true in 2013 as it is today.

From my perspectiv­e, blaming this solely on a Canadian prime minister would be just as unfair in 2021 as it was in 2014.

I mention this as an Opposition MP because I feel it is important that our criticisms as opposition should be fair and accurate to the government in power.

This was a courtesy that was not extended by the current prime minister when he served in the opposition and I recall having these same thoughts when I sat on the government side of the house during that time.

Do you support the Keystone XL pipeline being built?

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