Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke by telephone with newly-elected US President Joe Biden on Friday – the first opportunity for the two leaders to list the new course of the Canada-US relationship after four turbulent years with Donald Trump.
A senior government official who spoke to CBC News secretly said that the 30-minute phone call – Biden’s first as president with a foreign leader – was warm, friendly and collaborative, and that they had no authority to speak publicly on the matter.
“Many priorities have been aligned. He has a good relationship with us and wants to work with us as we do with him,” the official said.
The official said the two leaders found common ground on issues such as the COVID-19 response, economic recovery, climate change, cyber security and international relations.
The official said that Trudeau had expressed his disappointment over Biden’s initial move to effectively cancel the Keystone XL pipeline by its cancellation. Biden acknowledged the difficulty of making this decision in Canada, but said the official – but supported his decision, saying it would fulfill the campaign promise and reverse the decision made by the former Obama administration.
The official said the idea of retaliatory sanctions against the United States – something called by Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenny – did not come up during the conversation.
The official said he was aware of the deep supply chain links between the Canadian and US economies and the disruptive effect of Biden’s ‘buy the US’ if included in his administration’s future infrastructure spending plans.
The president assured that officials from both countries would work together to ensure that Canada does not ignore the details, the official said.
The pipeline results set a dangerous precedent, the prime minister says
The phone call came a day after Trudeau made a call with provincial and regional prime ministers, many of whom were pressured to back down against what they called a “dangerous role model” for the prime minister. Kenny, Doug Ford of Ontario, Scott Moe of Saskatchewan and Franுவாois Legalt of Quebec pressured the Prime Minister to take action to save Keystone.
Details of the meeting were first announced by Global News and confirmed by CBC News.
In a letter to Trudeau today, Kenny said the economic retaliation against the United States or the D.C. He demanded compensation for the loss of billions of dollars to Energy and the province.
“By withdrawing presidential approval for this project without taking the time to discuss it with their long-time allies, the United States is setting a profoundly confusing precedent for any future plans and cooperation between our two countries,” the letter said.
“The fact that it was a campaign promise is less offensive. Our country has never surrendered our core economic interests because a foreign government campaigned against them.”
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Moe said the cancellation of the project would endanger North American energy security, kill jobs on both sides of the border and scare off investors from energy projects.
“This is an important infrastructure and canceling it in advance … has an impact on the investment environment as we move forward,” Moe told the CBC. Power and politics.
Biden has long opposed Keystone XL
White House Press Secretary Jen Zhaki said Thursday that Biden believes there should not be a drastic economic recovery at the expense of the environment.
“His record shows that he is committed to cleaning up energy jobs, not only good, high-paying jobs, union jobs, but also good for our environment. He thinks he can do both,” she said.
Biden opposed the expansion of Keystone XL as US Vice President under President Barack Obama, who blocked the project in 2015.
“He opposed the Keystone pipeline … and he was consistent in his view that he was fulfilling the promise he made to the American people during the campaign,” Zaki said.
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Canadian supporters of the plan argue that there are strong environmental regulations governing the extraction of crude oil in Canada, and that the plan is more environmentally friendly today than it was five years ago when Obama blocked it.
On Monday, after news broke about Piton’s plans to remove the pipeline, Keystone XL owner D.C. As soon as Energy was launched in 2023, the project announced that it would ensure achieving net zero emissions. The company said it would be fully powered by renewable energy sources by 2030.
In an interview aired on CBC Radio House On Saturday, Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, said she had done everything she could to create a case for Pitton’s team to lay the pipe.
“For the past several months I have personally worked hard with Alberta, industry, and colleagues in Ottawa to create a case for the Keystone XL project with the incoming Biden team, the transition team and their consultants,” Hillman host Chris Hall said.
“In my opinion the decision of the Biden team is a final one.”
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Former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley has said that Trudeau could try to get concessions from Biden on other Canadian priorities as compensation for the domestic political punishment he faces if the pipeline is not set up.
“If I were in his shoes, I would say, ‘Oh, I need your help to get those two Canadians out of China,'” Manley told the CBC. Power & Politics. He cites Canadians Michael Gowrick and Michael Spover, who were jailed by China in December 2019 following the arrest of Hawaii executive Meng Wanshou on US extradition charges.
Manley said another possible concession could come in the form of exempting Canada from any ‘buy America’ law passed by Congress.