• Tom Drake

Is Canada Upset with Joe Biden?

Some in Canada feel that the current cruise ship ban was a response to the cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline by the new President.

Did Canada place a ban of cruise ship visits until 2022 in retaliation for President Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline on his first day in office without even consulting his Canadian neighbors? That is the story that is circulating on the internet in Canada including on retired TV journalist Harv Oberfeld’s blog.

According to Oberfeld, the economic impact on Canada, and especially Alberta, will be devastating: 2,000 jobs lost immediately and billions in investment literally left in the ground.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenny was not a happy Canadian when he heard the news of the pipeline cancellation. He told CTV News. “This is a gut punch for the Canadian and Alberta economies. Sadly, it is an insult directed at the United States’ most important ally and trading partner on day one of a new administration.”

If the cruise industry is able to obtain a waiver from the Passenger Services Act in order to save the Alaska tourist season, it will be a first. Historically, waivers have only been granted in the interest of National Defense.

The White House has announced that US President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet virtually with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau on Tuesday February 23, 2021 to discuss among many things the cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline by the new US President. The White House did not announce whether the President will try to get that decision reversed during this meeting.

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