Harper, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe talk energy in Ottawa before UN events


OTTAWA – Japan’s visiting prime minister is keen to talk to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about exporting Canadian shale gas to his energy-hungry country.

Shinzo Abe is in Ottawa for a brief visit before heading to the United Nations General Assembly this week.

Harper will also be in New York, but unlike Abe he won’t be addressing the assembly — a decision seen by some analysts as part of an ongoing snub of the UN.

Harper welcomed Abe to his Parliament Hill office, where Japanese officials say their prime minister wants to explore options around Canada’s shale gas deposits.

Japanese officials say that their country is looking for alternatives to nuclear energy following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled reactors at the Fukushima plant.

Harper has made exporting Canadian energy to Asia a key economic priority because of delays by the United States in approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry Canadian oilsands bitumen to the Gulf coast.

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Harper, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe talk energy in Ottawa before UN events

  1. Excellent News !!!!

  2. Yep, good news for the west as we will get fair market access and fair market prices. No longer at the whims of American price fixing. Even tax greedy win as higher fair prices mean more jobs, more taxes, more economic productivity for Canadians to build it. No need for American dependance which we should ween ourselves off of. USA isnt’ going to recover quickly, they are still digging the hole of debt.

    This is good for everyone but the eco-scare types funded through a serious of obfuscated organizations with US money behind them.

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