John Ivison: Keystone decision looms over new U.S. ambassador to Canada

No discussion of FATCA. But, of course there is no one issue that’s important enough to destabilize the relationship between Canada an and the U.S.

National Post | Full Comment

Bruce Heyman may be new to politics but he is savvy enough not to answer a hypothetical question.

The U.S. ambassador left a lucrative career as an investment banker in Chicago to come to Ottawa in April and is set to make his first major policy speech to Canadians this Monday at an event hosted by Canada 2020.

In an interview with the National Post and Ottawa Citizen, I suggested many Canadian policy-makers believe the Obama Administration is set to reject the Keystone XL pipeline to pander to the environmental lobby. “How will you keep relations harmonious if that happens?” I wondered.

“I’m not going to assume any outcome here,” said the 56-year-old former Goldman Sachs veteran. “I think we need to move away from headlines and look at trend-lines. And if we look at the trend-lines of the relations between our two countries and highlight the good things…

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