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Canada must look past Obama to push for Keystone: Prentice – The Globe and Mail

Feb. 12 2014

A former top Conservative cabinet minister says it’s time for Canada to look beyond the Obama era if it wants to push economic integration with the United States to a new level.

Jim Prentice says that includes pushing for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been stalled by the logjam of U.S. domestic politics – something he says probably won’t change in the next three years.

Prentice says new gas discoveries in both countries have transformed North America’s economic landscape, and the federal government should set its sights on 2017 when Barack Obama’s successor arrives in the White House.

Once that time come, Prentice says, Canada will have an 18-month window to capture the new American president’s attention on bilateral issues.

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