Harper optimistic Keystone pipeline will proceed after Obama leaves office – The Globe and Mail

SHAWN McCARTHY

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015 5:49PM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015 11:44PM EDT

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has voiced his frustration over Barack Obama’s failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the President is ignoring U.S. public opinion and the advice of his own officials.

“I think there’s very peculiar politics of this particular administration” on the pipeline issue, Mr. Harper said in an interview with Bloomberg television on Wednesday. He said opinion polls consistently show Americans support the project, while the U.S. State Department has concluded it would not significantly add to global warming, a key criterion for the President.

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Supporters of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline have suffered another setback, as the U.S. Senate failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would have approved the project. Jameson Berkow reports.

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The Prime Minister’s criticism of Mr. Obama’s politics was a rare comment by one national leader on the machinations of another, and Mr. Harper quickly qualified it by suggesting he did not want to interfere with an internal decision, other than stating Canada’s position.

The Harper government has lobbied aggressively for approval of TransCanada Corp.’s plan to ship oil sands crude from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the multiyear delay in the review process has driven a wedge between Ottawa and the Obama administration.

Mr. Harper now appears to have given up hope Mr. Obama will approve Keystone XL, but said he remains optimistic the project will proceed under a future administration.

“Notwithstanding the facts, a positive decision has not been rendered for a very long time,” he said. “That’s obviously not a hopeful sign.”

Even as the pipeline issue roils, the U.S. administration has waged a public campaign to force Canada to open its supply-managed agricultural sectors to more competition from imports at the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks. On Wednesday, Mr. Harper said Canada must be part of any TPP deal, and his government will protect the dairy and poultry sectors “as best we can.”

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