Canada tries turning up the heat on Obama to approve Keystone

|By:, SA News Editor

With TransCanada's (TRP) Keystone XL pipeline project still stalled, Canada's government moved yesterday to turn up the heat on the Obama administration, as the finance minister, natural resources minister and foreign affairs minister all spent time in the U.S. this week to argue that Pres. Obama has unfairly entangled the project in U.S. politics.

Canada's intention is to keep the issue alive with the U.S. public and business, according to Finance Minister Joe Oliver, who says "this isn’t right, this isn’t fair" as he infers that Obama is deliberately delaying approval of the project to assuage environmentalists.

The delay "is an affront in no uncertain terms,” and has become the biggest bilateral irritant between the world’s two largest trading partners, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says.