Bloomberg: Canada PM Stephen Harper pretty fed up with America’s frustrater-in-chief

posted at 2:41 pm on April 25, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I’m going to go ahead and add their ongoing insouciance toward Canada on the Keystone XL pipeline to the Obama administration’s already impressively long list of foreign-policy blunders and undervaluations; sure, administration officials will readily affirm that Canada is “one of our closest partners” and “greatest friends” and whatever else, but just saying the words isn’t quite the same thing as actually helping a brother out on strengthening their economy and building up their natural resource production. Canada is our largest commercial trading partner and the country from which we import the most oil by far (followed by Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Venezuela, ahem), but bully for them if they want to add a simple pipeline to the several million miles of pipeline already crisscrossing our country — and there’s really nothing they can do about it.

Bloomberg has a big rundown out today of the now five-year history of the Obama administration’s political gamesmanship on the proposed pipeline, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s extreme weariness of it:

That the U.S. couldn’t be counted on to take Canada’s oil came as a shocking epiphany, said a former senior government adviser with knowledge of the call who asked not to be identified because the person isn’t authorized to speak publicly.

The president’s call that day jolted the Canadians awake. It convinced Harper that Obama was treating a long-presumed “special relationship” between Canada and the U.S., enshrined in the 1989 Free Trade Agreement, as a political football. …

Today, Harper’s pessimism over that 2011 call seems justified. On April 18, as Christians marked the Good Friday holiday, the Obama administration notified the Canadians that the pipeline would be held up one more time over unresolved legal issues involving the Nebraska route. …

Harper, in a Jan. 14 interview with Bloomberg News, characterized his relationship with Obama as “good” while noting that “there are times when we do have to stand up in a way that’s not necessarily the same view as the American administration.” …

In the January Bloomberg interview, Harper criticized Obama for kicking the can down the road. Asked what he had learned from Keystone about dealing with the president, he replied: “I don’t think I’ve learned anything I didn’t know already. I’ll just leave it there. Look I’m not telling any tales out of school that the reason for the holdup is politics, and it is politics of a fairly narrow nature.”

And now, Canada is destined to wait at least through the year in total uncertainty. I’m sure they’re over the moon about it.


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Don’t feel bad Canada, everyone has a “special relationship” with this guy.

EvilMonk on April 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Obama will only approve a pipe if it has crack or semen in it.

Rix on April 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Barky is praying that Canada will simply throw up their hands, say to hell with it, and start building the pipeline to the west coast.

itsspideyman on April 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I wouldn’t wait. I’d build that pipeline to the Canadian West Coast and sell it to the Chinese. Screw Barry.

Big Orange on April 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

And somehow, as a state senator this guy voted “present” several hundred times . . and the Canadians are surprised by these actions?

Steve_in_SoCal on April 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

insouciance

You’re going to make me break out he dictionary?

Thanks Erika.

portlandon on April 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

That the U.S. couldn’t be counted on to take Canada’s oil came as a shocking epiphany

The first of many to the useful idiots in the years to come.

Fenris on April 25, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Obama has proven time after time that he is incapable of a trusting alliance. He golfed instead of going to his aunt’s funeral. We can only thank welfare queens and insecure single women for the second term of this disaster.
Proof that stupid people shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Obamalies on April 25, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I wouldn’t wait. I’d build that pipeline to the Canadian West Coast and sell it to the Chinese. Screw Barry.

Big Orange on April 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I’m surprised they haven’t gone ahead and done it. They’d probably have that pipeline well on its way to completion.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

pretty fed up with America’s frustrater-in-chief

…is there any place in the world where this is not happening…to the guy who said… the World will love us?

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I seriously wish the states would just start building the thing, with or without King Put’s input. Make him try to stop it. I want to see more of the BLM and other Special Forces wannabees slinking away with their tails between their legs when a bunch of rednecks show up to protect the jobs this project gave them.

CurtZHP on April 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

insouciance

You’re going to make me break out he dictionary?

Thanks Erika.

portlandon on April 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

(:->)
…I had an open tab to the dictionary!

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Canada PM Stephen Harper pretty fed up with America’s frustrater-in-chief

Ya – get in line – so are we.

dentarthurdent on April 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Canada PM Stephen Harper pretty fed up with America’s frustrater-in-chief

Stephen, you aren’t the only one. I don’t get how the American people elected this guy in 2008, and then reelected the idiot again in 2012.

ConservativePartyNow on April 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Harper should have long ago made the deal with the Chinese.

obama is an azzhole, beholden to Steyer, a billionaire who made his dough by selling coal hedgefunds, shorting coal, in cahoots with obama and his…now they ‘fight’ for ‘clean’ environment.

Wake up Canada!

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM

It’s going to take us 50 years to undo the damage this dunce has created. He’ll waltz away free and clear. He’ll be fawned over and begged to give $300,000/ per event speeches when ever he feels the need for some additional stroking. Michelle and Valerie will both become senators. The daughters will each have their own Sunday morning talk show, one replacing Bob Scheiffer and one replacing David Gregory. After a few years, they will both run for political office, or perhaps one might become mayor of Chicago.

butch on April 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Canada’s middle class is better off than the U.S. middle class:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-the-us-middle-class-is-falling-behind-canadas/

The biggest problem in Canada is fascist “hate laws” that limit free speech. But, we are headed in that direction.

bw222 on April 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

How can one man contain so much stupidity? He administration runs on the farts of hope and change and calls it gas.

Annielou on April 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Canada PM Stephen Harper pretty fed up with America’s frustrater-in-chief

So are we

neyney on April 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

TransCanada, and Canada itself, has already priced the delay into their economic modeling for the financial feasibility of the Keystone XL. They’ve also priced in an anticipated delay for beyond 2016, with the expectation that this Obama guy will not make a decision.

The exasperation is not that the line is delayed again. Everyone saw that coming. The exasperation is that Obama keeps this thing on the front page. That keeps the stupid, clueless so-called “journalists” asking and asking and asking and asking the same d**ned questions over and over: basically variations on “How does this make you feel, Mr. Harper?”

How many times could you answer that question without getting exasperated it.

ss396 on April 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

insouciance

You’re going to make me break out he dictionary?

Thanks Erika.

portlandon on April 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I believe insouciance is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era…

nextgen_repub on April 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Somebody will have to give Harper a “reset” button and make it all ok.

The Obama administration couldn’t order pizza without tickng off the delivery man. This amazing screw-up will be a joke in later generations to come: “How do you make a Canadian angry? Elect Obama”.

MTF on April 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I’m sure if the PM had cut a big ole check to Obama’s reelection campaign he might have made room for him at the inn.

bsinc1962 on April 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Why has Harper waited so long? I bet Obama has been leading him on too. I’d start digging the trench to the western coast if I were him. Make Obama sweat!

And yes, their middle class is doing better, because years ago the government decided to reduce their take of the economy by spending and program cuts. They realized if they wanted to keep their national health, other things had to go, and they went!

Cutting spending…what a concept!

PattyJ on April 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I’m going to go ahead and add their ongoing insouciance toward Canada on the Keystone XL pipeline to the Obama administration’s already impressively long list of foreign-policy blunders and undervaluations; sure, administration officials will readily affirm that Canada is “one of our closest partners” and “greatest friends” and whatever else, but just saying the words isn’t quite the same thing as actually helping a brother out on strengthening their economy and building up their natural resource production.

You forget the ObamiNation foreign policy Prime Directive – <expletive deleted> those who didn’t oppose Teh Eeeeeevil Buuuuuuuush.

Steve Eggleston on April 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Why am I not surprised that another one of our closest allies in unhappy with this administration? Obama has alienated virtually every one of them!

musicman88 on April 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM

That’s okay. They’ll just send more of their aborted babies to Oregon (and doubtlessly other locations) to use as a power source.

Which is, of course, approved by the liberals.

So fear not!

kim roy on April 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Well… I’m Canadian and I say that we should just sell it to someone else…

The oil is from Alberta and there was talk about building a pipeline to the west coast for shipping to the far east.

Like it or not the world runs on oil atm.

snoozinglion on April 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

“I am altering the deal”

BobMbx on April 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

The only shocking thing is that anyone is shocked.

Genesis123 on April 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

I’ve heard on a few talk radio shows and I think the Wall Street Journal Report that actually the oil is coming south of the border already. It’s just not coming through a pipeline, rather by train and truck. Which is ironic as he11 cause transporting it that way puts pollutants into the air while a pipeline won’t.

The environmental lobby is nothing if not stupid.

NavyMustang on April 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Canada is going to build a line to both coasts. The western one will be delayed by Californian ecotard backed local tards. The east coast one has less objectors. This has been good for Canada in a backhanded way. We need to keep our respective distances and differences.

BL@KBIRD on April 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I would trade Obama for Harper in a nanosecond.

JEM on April 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Sounds like the typical liberal foreign policy: treat your allies with contempt while trying to suck up to your enemies.

Kinda how the GOP does on the political front, come to think of it…..

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Canada shouldn’t feel snubbed. Barack has screwed every one of this nation’s friends at one time or the other.

GarandFan on April 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Our marxist government has no intention of ever allowing that pipeline. If Canada is waiting for it to happen they are wasting their time. Is there any chance that the states involved could get together and do it or are there political differences?

crankyoldlady on April 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I’ve heard on a few talk radio shows and I think the Wall Street Journal Report that actually the oil is coming south of the border already. It’s just not coming through a pipeline, rather by train and truck. Which is ironic as he11 cause transporting it that way puts pollutants into the air while a pipeline won’t.

The environmental lobby is nothing if not stupid.

NavyMustang on April 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I don’t suppose some rich marxist is trucking the stuff south. That might explain the delay.

crankyoldlady on April 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I seriously wish the states would just start building the thing, with or without King Put’s input. Make him try to stop it. I want to see more of the BLM and other Special Forces wannabees slinking away with their tails between their legs when a bunch of rednecks show up to protect the jobs this project gave them.

Made me laugh!

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on April 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Since pipelines that cross the border are the only things that come under State Dept jurisdication, here’s my idea . . . you build a pipeline right up to the border on the Canadian side, ending up an inch or two shy of the border, angling down at ~ 45 degrees.

Then an inch or two inside the border on the American side you build an entry to a *larger* pipline, angling up at 45 degrees and about 8 feet high . . .

Problem solved.

SoRight on April 25, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I would trade Obama for Harper in a nanosecond.

JEM on April 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM

That would be like the Miami Heat trading LeBron James for Toronto’s ball boy. Except Miami would do better with the deal.

Under no circumstances would we want your moron-in-chief running our country. It took Harper most of a decade to clean up the last mess left by a bunch of thuggish Liberals. I hope they start the Western pipeline tomorrow. At the ground-breaking ceremony Harper can take a selfie of himself giving Obama the finger.

CanadianB on April 25, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Since pipelines that cross the border are the only things that come under State Dept jurisdication, here’s my idea . . . you build a pipeline right up to the border on the Canadian side, ending up an inch or two shy of the border, angling down at ~ 45 degrees.

Then an inch or two inside the border on the American side you build an entry to a *larger* pipline, angling up at 45 degrees and about 8 feet high . . .

Problem solved.

I like the way you think.
Not to mention even if you didn’t turn on said pipes, it takes but a day to make the final connection come February 2016.

Knighthawk on April 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

I never thought I would sympathize with the Israeli newspaper that some time ago published a “what-if” scenario where our President bit the dust and theorized they would be better off. Captain Peachfuzz wasn’t this bad and Obama is ‘at the helm’ of the biggest ‘ship’ on the entire planet.

LawfulGood on April 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

bw222 on April 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

“Hate laws” barely scratches the surface…Canadian pastors are under active persecution and the nation is screamingly socialist. But that merely shows how far the US middle class has fallen to be WORSE off than our neighbors to the north; and you’re right, we are headed in that direction.

LawfulGood on April 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM