NationNews Barbados: Trudeau, Biden to meet in February

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 25, 2021

Trudeau, the source said, raised two contentious topics - Biden's move to scrap a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States and his proposal to introduce a "Buy America" policy that would shut out Canadian firms from lucrative US government projects.

The two countries have great partnership potential in the Biden era, particularly when it comes to a shared vision of tackling climate change while fuelling economic growth, the prime minister said.

Trudeau, who has been keen to embrace the new president and move on from the often tumultuous Donald Trump years, was the first foreign leader to speak with Biden since Wednesday's inauguration.

"The prime minister raised Canada's disappointment with the United States' decision on the Keystone XL pipeline", according to the read out, which noted that Trudeau also brought up the "the importance of the softwood lumber industry, and urged the removal of duties".

Manufacturers and exporters in Canada supply a vast range of equipment to public works projects in the US, but Biden's promise to prioritize USA -based suppliers and products made on American soil would stop Canadian companies from bidding for work.

Trudeau also addressed a First Ministers meeting on Thursday where he faced anger from some of Canada's premiers over Biden's decision to cancel the pipeline project.

Earlier Friday, Trudeau said the federal government would be there to support oilpatch workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who have been hurt by Biden's decision. The two nations have been arguing over the exports for decades.

"The fact that it was a campaign promise makes it no less offensive". And in a short statement on Wednesday, Trudeau said he is "disappointed", but nearly immediately went on to praise the Democrat for re-entering the Paris Agreement and halting oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Biden, a Democrat, has already issued executive orders on climate issues including canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and rejoining the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Kenney and other champions of the project, including Kirsten Hillman, Canada's ambassador to the US, argue it has changed significantly since the Obama administration cancelled it five years ago. "Our job is to ensure that this is done responsibly, safely, and sustainably".

"The Keystone XL pipeline disserves the US national interest", Biden's executive order said.

"We voiced our concerns with respect to that, because we have a very good trade deal with them, very integrated supply chains, and that this could possibly have some effects on Canada", Garneau told CTV's Question Period Sunday.

"The Keystone project is the linchpin of America's energy independence and job creation strategy", Risch said in a statement.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) shakes hands with US Vice President then Joe Biden during a meeting in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 9, 2016.

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