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Alberta/Canadian-Media: In his repeated calls for for economic retaliation for the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Joe Biden -- a clear violation of the investor-protection provisions of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement -- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, demanded some compensation for TC Energy and the province for the loss of billions of dollars.
Keystone XL pipeline Project. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Biden's revoking of the permit was part of a series of executive orders aimed at tackling climate change including re-entering the Paris climate accord.
In a letter to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Kenney accuses Justin Trudeau of failing to advocate for the project and urged Justin Trudeau to seek "proportional economic consequences" for the decision.
Trudeau said on Friday morning he would raise the issue during his phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden scheduled for later in the day.
After repeatedly making clear to to the new U.S. administration Canada's support for the project both the Prime Minister and Canada's ambassador to the U.S. have agreed to respect the decision and move on.
"Obviously the decision on Keystone XL is a very difficult one for workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who've had many difficult hits," he said.
"Over the past years we have been there for them and we will continue to be there for them and I will express my concern for jobs and livelihoods in Canada, particularly in the west, directly in my conversation with president Biden."
The letter arrives jus a day after a First Ministers meeting where Ontario's Doug Ford, Saskatchewan's Scott Moe and Quebec's François Legault all pushed Trudeau to take action, details of which were first reported by Global News and confirmed by CBC News.
Keystone XL pipeline, 1,897-kilometre long would have carried 830,000 barrels of crude a day from the oil sands in Alberta to Nebraska and then have connected with the original Keystone pipeline that runs to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.
Only last year after Alberta government's agreement, and investing $1.5 billion as equity in the project, plus billions more in loan guarantees, construction of the project carried on for several months with about 1,000 workers in southeast Alberta.
TC Energy said on Thursday that it would be laying off those 1,000 workers.