Harper says he has warned American officials that his government is serious about selling Canadian oil to Asian markets, following the United States’ political fight to put the Keystone XL Pipeline project on hold.
When asked about how serious the government is about selling oil to Chinese markets, possibly taking a risk at compromising Canada’s relationship with the United States, Harper replied, "I am very serious about selling our oil off this continent, selling our energy products off to China."
The Prime Minister also discussed a recent trip to America, saying he was told by a number of senior officials that the Keystone XL pipeline will be approved. The approval would open a new route for Canadian oil to be sent to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The delay of the pipeline project is being attributed to U.S. President Barack Obama’s inquiry into environmental assessments of the pipeline before deciding to go forward with the project. He has put off making the decision until after next year’s elections.
The entire CTV interview with Prime Minister Harper will be aired in its entirety on Boxing Day.
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