Justin Trudeau is Happy to let Joe Biden lead him by the Nose

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on January 22, 2021

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could have quite easily fought to keep the Keystone XL pipeline project alive; it may have only taken a bit of pushback against President Joe Biden to make it clear the pipeline project is vital in maintaining the Canada-US trade relationship, but Trudeau provided zero resistance. 

The other day Trudeau when called by Biden to discuss the Keystone XL pipeline cancellation simply said that he understood Biden needed to fulfill a campaign promise and was “disappointed” that his administration was cancelling it.

(Photo from CityNews Toronto)

(Photo from CityNews Toronto)

This was nothing short of a flat-out acceptance of what Biden wanted to do. Regardless that Biden is the most powerful world leader on earth, Trudeau and the Canadian government has a lot of policy and diplomatic options available in order to preserve the project, potentially with modifications, but Trudeau took advantage of none of them.

Natural opponents of Trudeau had even been expressing their willingness to work closely with him to push the American government to reconsider their position on Keystone XL. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney stated in a letter today directed at Trudeau that he was disappointed by the “lack of federal response to our repeated requests for your personal intervention with the incoming administration.” so there seems to have not been a lack of pressure and reminder for Trudeau to act. 

Kenney finished off his letter stating that “If the US is unwilling to listen, then we must demonstrate that Canada will stand up for Canadian workers and the Canadian economy.”

Although Trudeau by failing to oppose Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is already in party constructed, will damage his public perception, he knows currently the Liberal Party’s polling numbers are in the territory of a comfortable majority, and any losses in popularity from his inaction will likely be restricted mostly to Western Canada where he isn’t expecting to pick up seats anyways.

Simply put, Trudeau will gladly let Biden lead him around by the nose on the Keystone XL pipeline since what Biden wants to do already falls underneath Trudeau’s environmentalist agenda, and if Biden cancels the pipeline Trudeau can act like he wasn’t part of the problem.

(Photo from ABC News)

(Photo from ABC News)

Watch this happen more frequently in the future whenever the Biden administration wants to put restrictions on the oil and gas industry. Biden now knows he can target projects that will affect fewer Americans by cancelling and putting regulations on cross-border oil and gas ventures. 

Trudeau will continue pretending as if he is powerless to negotiate or push back in the face of the 78-year-old politician as it allows Trudeau to undermine the oil and gas industry, and especially Albertans, who he despises, evident in his policy, without actually being the guy most Canadians will directly pin the blame onto. 

Now it is all a question of whether or not Canadians will allow themselves to be fooled by the mainstream media who is unquestionably going to cover for Trudeau’s inaction.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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