Anyone who looks south of the border sees a political system in chaos. Gridlock is formed by opposing Parties controlling separate houses, leaving the President powerless. A failed budget, and a Republican Party looking for blood has led to a shutdown, one that will be used as a political football for a wide range of issues - one of which could be the XL pipeline.
Obama has given enough indications that the project will likely fail, and Harper has responded firmly. During a business trip to New York, Harper said, "my view is you don't take no for an answer."
"We haven't had that but if we were to get that, that won't be final. This won't be final until it's approved and we will keep pushing forward."
Steyer suspects this announcement could be linked to the Republicans' shutdown strategy. The Republican Party is already public on their support for the pipeline.
"Have your government, your government's lobbyist and/or agents representing TransCanada communicated with House Republicans about including Keystone in the original litany of demands put to President Obama?"
"Included in the original list of House Republican demands was that the Obama administration grant approval for the building of the Keystone XL pipeline."
However, given recent developments south of the border, perhaps the prorogation was planned to enable rigorous lobbying south of the border as well? Do you think Harper played a role in the shutdown of the U.S. government? Share this article and join the discussion and let us know what you think: Facebook, Twitter, Google+.