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Look past Keystone XL to areas of mutual Canada U.S. alignment, Trudeau suggests

Trudeau says the federal government will be there to support oilpatch workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who have been hurt by Biden's decision.

January 22, 2021  The Canadian Press

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians to look past President Joe Biden’s decision this week on the Keystone XL pipeline expansion.

Trudeau says Canada and Biden still have a lot in common when it comes to a shared vision of tackling climate change while fuelling economic growth.

Nonetheless, he says the federal government will be there to support oilpatch workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who have been hurt by Biden’s decision to cancel the project.

Trudeau, who is scheduled to speak with Biden later on Jan. 22, acknowledges there will often be issues on which Canada and the United States will disagree.

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The call, Biden’s first with a foreign leader since taking office, comes with parts of Canada up in arms over Biden’s Day 1 executive order rescinding permits for the US$8-billion cross-border pipeline expansion.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is among those urging Trudeau to take Biden to task over the decision and to “respond with consequences” if it’s not reversed.