James McCarten, The Canadian Press
Printed Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:37AM EST
WASHINGTON — If Joe Biden’s determination to destroy off Keystone XL is supposed to audio the dying knell for Canada-U.S. relations, you wouldn’t know it from the recently minted president’s call sheet.
The 46th president’s initially mobile phone contact with a international leader comes nowadays and Key Minister Justin Trudeau will be on the other close of the line.
“I assume they will surely explore the significant romance with Canada, as properly as his decision on the Keystone pipeline we declared before currently,” White Home push secretary Jen Psaki claimed Wednesday.
“His early calls will be with companions and allies he feels it truly is significant to rebuild those interactions and to address the difficulties and threats we are struggling with in the world.”
Deep in the stack of leather-based-sure govt orders Biden signed on his very first day in the White Dwelling was just one to rescind previous president Donald Trump’s acceptance of the US$8-billion cross-border pipeline growth.
The undertaking, initially proposed in 2008, has been bouncing all around the White Residence in different sorts of limbo — stalled all through Barack Obama’s two conditions ahead of staying outright cancelled in 2015, then twice resurrected by Trump.
Trudeau, who has been watchful to point out that Biden’s marketing campaign had already promised to block the expansion, did so once more Wednesday in a assertion that was extra celebratory than scolding.
“When we welcome the president’s motivation to combat weather alter, we are dissatisfied but acknowledge the president’s choice to fulfil his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” the assertion mentioned.
Trudeau welcomed Biden’s other moves, including rejoining the Paris accord, a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and reversing the travel ban on Muslim-bulk countries.
In truth of the matter, no one in the Liberal federal government has recommended the conclusion is most likely to do a great deal to impede talks on other key Canada-U.S. priorities, like successful exemptions to Biden’s promised Invest in American provisions.
“From autos to our stockpiles, we’re going to invest in American,” Biden reported throughout the marketing campaign, “No authorities contracts will be specified to organizations that you should not make their items right here in America.”
It took Canada nearly a 12 months to negotiate waivers to comparable procedures in 2010 when Barack Obama’s administration was getting ready to devote more than $800 billion to bounce again from the Great Economic downturn.
Biden’s prepare, aimed at ensuring Individuals are the main beneficiaries of the government’s endeavours to recuperate from the COVID-19 pandemic, will also contain a “Invest in American” place of work running specifically out of the White Property.
It will also incorporate executive orders to much more strictly implement, develop and tighten the provisions, a system to make U.S. merchandise extra aggressive and expanded the list of “vital components” that ought to be American-created.
The new administration will also inherit a Trump-fuelled feud between U.S. and Canadian dairy producers with all the hallmarks of the intractable and ongoing softwood lumber dispute.
And Biden has nominated cupboard members whose monitor documents counsel they won’t again down from fights.
John Kerry, Biden’s hand-picked envoy on local weather transform, was secretary of condition in 2015 when he effectively urged Obama to reject Keystone XL.
Tom Vilsack, Biden’s proposed new agriculture secretary, cheered U.S. trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer’s conclusion previously this thirty day period to formally accuse Canada of denying U.S. dairy producers rightful access to marketplaces north of the border.
And Katherine Tai, a trade-talks veteran nominated as Lighthizer’s successor, is broadly viewed as a hard-nosed negotiator whose key position will be to implement existing trade agreements and Obtain American principles.
This report by The Canadian Press was to start with printed Jan. 21, 2021.