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Kenney calls on Ottawa to impose trade sanctions if Biden does not review Keystone XL decision

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is calling on Ottawa to press Washington to review its Keystone XL decision, saying trade sanctions should be implemented if that doesn’t happen.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order to revoke the pipeline’s permit Wednesday afternoon, hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States — an action he had promised during his election campaign.

Calling Biden’s decision a “gut punch” and an “insult” to Canada, Kenney urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit down with the president to discuss the project’s importance to Canada-U.S. relations.

“If, however, the U.S. government refuses to open the door to a constructive and respectful dialogue about these issues, then it is clear that the Government of Canada must impose meaningful trade and economic sanctions in response to defend our country’s vital economic interests,” Kenney said at a press conference.

Biden’s first call to a foreign leader will be held with Trudeau Friday and they are expected to discuss the Keystone XL decision, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

The pipeline, which is owned by TC Energy and would run from Hardisty to Steele City, Neb., began construction last year. Upon completion, it would have carried more than 800,000 additional barrels a day of diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

After Biden signed the order, Trudeau said in a statement he was disappointed but “(acknowledged) the president’s decision to fulfill his election campaign promise.”

Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., told CBC she thinks Canada has to accept that and move forward.