When Joe Biden became the 46th U.S. president on Wednesday, many Canadians watched with interest. They hoped the historical ties with our closest friend, ally and trading partner would bind once more.
Unfortunately, this once-powerful bond remains unbound.
Biden carried out a campaign promise to left-leaning Democrats and environmental activists and revoked the permit for the $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline project. An opportunity to develop Alberta’s oil sands, create thousands of new, well-paying jobs and increase economic opportunities for businesses on both sides of the border disappeared into thin air.
“While we welcome the president’s commitment to fight climate change,” Trudeau’s statement read, “we are disappointed but acknowledge the president’s decision to fulfil his election campaign promise on Keystone