10:40 AM, Apr 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The news that the administration would like kept quiet, and which it therefore announced in the afternoon, on Good Friday is that it has:
... further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project ...
This means, as Patrick Rucker of Reuters reports:
The legal process will likely continue past November and might stretch into next year, meaning more delays for the politically-charged issue that has been on the drawing board for more than five years.
If the administration wanted the pipeline built, construction would have long since been underway. We aren’t talking about the Panama Canal and while none would confuse President Obama with TR, when he wants something done, he isn’t deterred by the technicalities. Witness the numerous executive fiats regarding the implementation of Obamacare.
The White House political tacticians probably war-gamed it this way:
* Building it doesn’t buy us anything. Not after five years. No votes and no campaign dough.
* Delay keeps the environmentalists happy and that $100 million of Tom Steyer's money in play.
* This gives Mary Landrieu a handy club which she can apply up the side of our head.
* The unions will complain but where will they go.
* The oil will get here anyway, even if trucks and trains are less efficient.
* It’s a hard shot on the Canadians … but, hey, they don’t vote.
* Now, let’s knock off for the weekend.
2:32 PM, Mar 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden tried to convince a young Canadian woman to sign up for Obamacare:
"Vice President Biden moving in close to sell the Affordable Care Act to a young woman outside Butterfield's Pancake House in Scottsdale," says the local reporter.
3:11 PM, Jan 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Canada's foreign minister, John Baird put things plainly:
Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
It's not often officials from the nation’s largest business lobby and an AFL-CIO-affiliated union speak to one another, let alone work together. But last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and North America’s Building Trades Unions held a joint press conference on Capitol Hill in support of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Nearby that same day, exactly five years after Trans-Canada Corp.
When Canadians watch ice hockey, this is what they see.Apr 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 30 • By MICHAEL TAUBE
When the four-month-long National Hockey League (NHL) lockout was resolved this past winter, a collective sigh of relief could be heard—especially in Canada, where ice hockey is viewed as a national pastime that defines a way of life. Hockey stories, legends, and heroes are passed down in an effort to preserve the history and frozen mystique of “our game.”
But didn't thank the Americans, and the CIA and State Dept. in particular.9:43 AM, Feb 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In accepting the best movie award last night at the Oscars, Ben Affleck thanked Canada.
The greatest (fictional) detective just may be Canadian.Dec 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 15 • By MICHAEL TAUBE
Who is the world’s greatest detective? For fans of mystery and detective fiction, finding a solution to this perplexing question is their raison d’être. But countless hours spent debating the merits of legendary figures usually end up with no answer in sight.
Peter Lougheed, 1928-2012.
Oct 1, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 03 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
A cerebral law professor takes his progressive ideas into politics and inspires a personality cult that catapults him to the highest office in the land. Encouraged by the heady mixture of popularity and power, he makes an unprecedented move to abuse his authority. It guts the federalism on which his nation was founded—but who can stop him? One man: a brash lawyer who declared the region he led would go on strike before it would submit to unconstitutional bullying.
Short answer: badly.6:14 PM, Apr 24, 2012 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
If I ever doubted that reporters crave a good story more than almost anything else, my own reaction to the Alberta election last night would have reminded me of its veracity. Before the polls in the province were even closed, I had begun thinking about how I’d pitch a short piece about it to the bosses: Tea Party-like upstart gains power in one of Canada’s wealthiest provinces just a few years after its founding.
3:15 PM, Mar 28, 2012 • By IKE BRANNON and LOGAN ALBRIGHT
Americans tend to think of Canada as a friendly, clean bastion of European-style socialism, replete with cradle to grave entitlements and a perpetually tepid economy. However, over the last few years Canada has set a pace for economic growth that clearly demonstrates that our current economic malaise is escapable.
2:00 PM, Jan 19, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
President Obama’s rejection of a pipeline to bring more Canadian oil to the United States is enormously revealing. He sided with the environmental lobby, a major Democratic interest group, over the majority of Americans who favor the job-creating pipeline. And that’s not all.
8:08 AM, Nov 15, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaker John Boehner and Alberta premier Alison Redford met yesterday to discuss the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project--and how President Obama has delayed his decision on the pipeline until after next year's election. As the speaker's office explains:
Making the case against mindless tinkering.May 16, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 33 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
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Canada’s Conservative party won a clear majority in last week’s federal election. So the Canadian constitution is safe, for now.
Are they now the natural governing party of Canada?May 16, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 33 • By FRED BARNES
Who’s the most powerful conservative leader in the Americas, north and south? That may sound like a trick question, but it’s not. The answer is Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister who triumphed last week in an election that all but destroyed two opposition parties, the Liberals and the Bloc Québécois (BQ).