I would think that having an issue that might do damage to President Obama’s re-election prospects is something that Stephen Harper is prepared to live with, for as long as he can make the suspense about whether or not Canada will approve the deal last. Like until November. Not that the prime minister would ever consider enjoying a little payback fun after Obama’s Keystone reversal. No, of course not. Perish the thought and all that.
But if he were, it might look like this…
Republicans in Congress have also expressed concern about the deal, although they stopped short of saying that the U.S. government should intervene.
“I’m concerned because it’s really a trend, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico,” Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter said. “I don’t know enough about it to know whether it should be blocked through any American, U.S.-based law. But I do think the far better alternative is for us to play offence, and for us to be developing, taking advantage of these energy resources.”
Vitter and other Republicans have blamed President Barack Obama’s delay in approving the Canada to Texas Keystone XL pipeline for pushing Canada’s government to more aggressively explore oil deals with China.
Good thing I’m not cynical, eh?