Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated right this moment he’ll proceed to press Canada’s case for the Keystone XL pipeline challenge with the incoming Biden administration within the U.S., which is poised to rescind the presidential allow permitting cross-border development tomorrow.
But the prime minister supplied few particulars about his authorities’s subsequent steps as the 2 international locations begin a brand new part of their relationship.
“We’ve had a clear and consistent position supporting this project for years. Our government is making sure that Canada’s views are heard and considered by the incoming administration at the highest levels,” he advised a information briefing right this moment in entrance of his house at Rideau Cottage.
“I’m really looking forward to working closely with the new president and his team to create jobs and build back better together, for us all.”
Reports emerged Sunday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has indicated he plans to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline allow via govt motion on his first day in workplace. Th eon-again, off-again challenge would have carried greater than 800,000 barrels of Alberta oil a day to refineries in Texas.
Trudeau, Kenney to speak later right this moment
Trudeau stated he’ll speak concerning the challenge later right this moment with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who has stated he will seek legal damages if the project is scrapped.
When requested by reporters if the federal authorities would help such authorized motion, Trudeau stated he helps the challenge and he, together with Canadian officers in Washington, will proceed to argue Canada’s place.
“We understand, of course, that it is a commitment that the candidate Joe Biden made to cancel this pipeline. At the same time, we continue to demonstrate the leadership Canada has shown in fighting climate change,” he stated.
“We’re going to continue to make that case and I look forward to speaking with President Biden in the coming days.”
Trudeau additionally stated he raised the challenge with Biden once they spoke earlier than Christmas.
Kenney has urged Biden administration officers to right away meet with Canadian management to debate the challenge’s future, saying a “retroactive veto” just like the one Biden is contemplating might threaten different important power hyperlinks.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has known as on Trudeau to succeed in out to the incoming U.S. administration to make sure Keystone strikes ahead.
“Keystone XL is a project of national significance that supports countless workers on both sides of the border,” he stated in an e-mail assertion.
The leaders of two of the federal opposition events have welcomed the information.
On Monday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh applauded Biden’s anticipated govt motion, saying it contrasts with Trudeau’s continued help for some pure assets initiatives.
“I agree with that decision. I do not support the project,” Singh advised reporters. “This is the direction that the future requires. We’ve got to fight the climate crisis.”
At a press convention Monday, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul known as Biden a “climate warrior” and stated that Canada’s management is “not serious about tackling the climate emergency.”