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Harper shrugs off Keystone stall

PM: Canada now ‘on a different track’ even if Keystone approved


Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he’s serious about selling Canadian oil to Asia, and cast doubts on a U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in an interview with CTV National News to be aired on Boxing Day. The comments were made a day after the Obama administration signalled it could reject the $7-billion project linking the Alberta tar sands to Texas, following approval by the U.S. Senate of a bill that could force his government to make a decision on the project within 60 days. Although approval of the project is still possible, pending a U.S. State Department review of alternate pipeline routes, Harper seemed skeptical it would actually go forward. When asked about the likelihood of selling oil to China at the expense of angering Washington, the prime minister said he was recently told in the U.S. that Keystone would get done, but added that Canada is now on a different track.


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Harper shrugs off Keystone stall

  1. Regardless of the US decision, it is in Canada’s strategic intrest to build our capacity to export hydrocarbons to Asia. Let the pipline building and port expansions begin! Buy off anyone who gets in the way.

  2. How exactly would we control where this resource goes? Once we have sold the lease rights the resource no longer belongs to Canada. We have the right to collect what ever the royalty rate is and whatever taxes are applicable. I don’t think we can tell these companies where this resource will be sold, isn’t it sold on the open market? I think most of Harper’s comments are for the politically gullible. I think Trudeau tried to control pricing and where this oil would go in the NEP and look what the Oil companies did to him.

    • You are correct in that when people speak of Canada “selling oil” to anyone, that’s not the case. It is always a matter of private companies making arrangements to sell oil on the international market.  What the government can do, however, is facilitate the powssiblity of sales to Asian markets by approving and encouraging infrastructure developments, such as the Northern Gateway pipeline, or the increase in pipeline capacity to the Port of Vancouver.  Once that infrastructure is in place the sales should come naturally, as the Asian market demand grows.

  3. Hot-air Harper from land-locked Alberta.