Shifting Sands: How Energy Is Shaping Canada’s Foreign Policy

Oil sands refinery in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Feb. 10, 2012 (photo by Flickr user kris krüg, licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license).
Oil sands refinery in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Feb. 10, 2012 (photo by Flickr user kris krüg, licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license).
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The recent rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project in November by the United States Senate is only the latest chapter of an ongoing saga reflecting a dramatic shift in Canada’s foreign relations in recent years. The Canadian government has been engaging in an aggressive public relations campaign for its booming oil and gas industry. The strategy includes prominent marketing and behind-the-scenes lobbying in close partnership with oil industry executives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, first elected in 2006, has long maintained his goal was to make Canada an energy superpower. But he has also changed the country’s role and policies […]

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