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Boosting Economy More Important for Canada Than Approving Keystone XL: U.S. Ambassador

Nov 20, 2012
(The Globe and Mail)

U.S. ambassador David Jacobson says the most useful thing his country can do for Canada is not green-lighting the Keystone XL pipeline but curing its ailing economy.

"The single most important thing ... that the U.S. can do for Canada is get its economy back on track," Mr. Jacobson told an Ottawa conference on Canada-U.S. relations Monday.

The U.S. is Canada’s biggest customer for exports and any improvement in American economic growth would boost sales for Canadian companies.

Last January, U.S. President Barack Obama temporarily blocked the Keystone pipeline, citing environmental concerns about the proposed route for carrying crude to Texas from Alberta.