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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will communicate with newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden this afternoon — the primary alternative for the 2 leaders to chart a contemporary course for the Canada-U.S. relationship after 4 tumultuous years with Donald Trump.

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The decision — President Biden’s first with a international chief — is a part of the brand new administration’s effort to send a message that sustaining relationships with conventional allies is once more a high purpose of U.S. worldwide relations.

Talking to reporters this morning exterior his house at Rideau Cottage, Trudeau mentioned there are alternatives for cooperation between his authorities and the brand new administration — regardless that one in all Biden’s first strikes was to successfully cancel the Keystone XL pipeline by revoking its allow.

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“It is not at all times going to be good alignment with america. That is the case with any given president,” Trudeau mentioned.

“In a scenario the place we’re way more aligned — on values, on focus, on the work that must be finished to offer alternatives for everybody whereas we construct a greater future — I am very a lot trying ahead to working with President Biden.”

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Trudeau referred to as Biden’s govt order on Keystone “a really tough one for employees in Alberta and Saskatchewan” and pledged to boost their plight with Biden straight.

WATCH: Trudeau says he’ll deal with Canadian job losses over Keystone with Biden

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says ‘”it is not going to at all times be good alignment with america” however he is trying ahead to working with U.S. President Joe Biden. 1:24

Pipeline selections units harmful precedent, premiers say

The telephone name comes a day after Trudeau held a name with provincial and territorial premiers, a number of of whom pressured Trudeau to push again in opposition to what they referred to as a harmful precedent. Alberta’s Jason Kenney, Ontario’s Doug Ford, Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe and Quebec’s François Legault all pushed the prime minister to take motion to avoid wasting Keystone. 

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The small print of that assembly had been first reported by World Information and confirmed by Unfold Instances. 

In a letter sent to Trudeau today, Kenney referred to as for financial retaliation in opposition to the U.S. or compensation for TC Vitality and the province for the lack of billions of {dollars}.

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“By retroactively revoking the presidential allow for this challenge with out taking the time to debate it with their longest standing ally, america is setting a deeply disturbing precedent for any future tasks and collaboration between our two nations,” the letter reads.

“The truth that it was a marketing campaign promise makes it no much less offensive. Our nation has by no means surrendered our important financial pursuits as a result of a international authorities campaigned in opposition to them.”

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President Joe Biden indicators his first govt orders within the Oval Workplace of the White Home on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, together with an order revoking the presidential allow granted to the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline. (Evan Vucci/The Related Press)

Biden lengthy against Keystone XL

Biden believes a brisk financial restoration would not have to return on the expense of the atmosphere, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Thursday.

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“His file reveals the American those that he is dedicated to scrub vitality jobs, to jobs that aren’t solely good, high-paying jobs, union jobs, however ones which are additionally good for our surroundings. He thinks it is doable to do each,” Psaki mentioned.

Biden opposed the Keystone XL enlargement as U.S. vice-president below President Barack Obama, who blocked the challenge in 2015.

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“He had opposed the Keystone pipeline … and he is been constant in his view and he was delivering on a promise he made to the American public in the course of the marketing campaign,” Psaki mentioned.

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(Unfold Instances)

Canadian proponents of the challenge have argued that Canada has robust environmental rules governing the extraction of crude oil, and that the challenge is way more environmentally-friendly at this time than it was 5 years in the past when Obama blocked it. 

Earlier Friday, NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh mentioned Kenney has proven “a whole lack of management by pursuing a misguided place that failed to assist employees and has harm Albertans.”

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Singh mentioned that the Alberta authorities must put out-of-work vitality workers to work closing down deserted oil wells — a technique to enhance employment whereas serving to the atmosphere.

Singh mentioned Kenney’s determination to put money into Keystone XL regardless of its unsure future was “a large, abysmal failure.”

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“We have a premier who’s so disconnected from actuality, given the clear proof this was no shock,” he mentioned. “There isn’t any shock that Joe Biden was going to discontinue this and there is no shock that the world is headed in a route that’s making it tougher and tougher for vitality sector employees.”

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