Canada to boost energy exports to Asia in wake of XL denial

Apr 03, 2012 | 03:41 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Stephen Harper, Canada, TransCanada, Keystone XL pipeline, Woodrow Wilson Center, Michael Cowden

TORONTO — Canada will look to increase its energy exports to Asia even if the United States approves the entire Keystone XL pipeline system, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

"Would approval of (Keystone XL) change our minds? The answer is ‘no,’ " Harper said Monday at an event organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during a trip to Washington for talks with President Obama.

The prospect of the Keystone XL being denied had underscored the necessity for Canada to diversify its potential energy export markets, Harper said. Canada understands the important role of the United States in world affairs and the importance of the U.S.-Canada relationship in terms of both economic benefits and national security, he added.....

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