Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he would consider filing a complaint under international trade law if Joe Biden wins the U.S. election and rips up the Keystone XL pipeline permits.
“If that were to happen, obviously we would use every legal means at our disposal to protect our fiscal and economic interests, and I would have to assume that any U.S. administration values the Canada-U.S. trade relationship so much that they would be sensitive to costs of that nature,” Kenney said Tuesday.
Kenney said the Alberta government would look at objecting to the move through various trade agreements such as the USMCA or through the World Trade Organization.
Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in November’s U.S. election, issued a statement through his campaign on Monday, saying he would halt the project that would carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude from Alberta oil fields to Gulf Coast refineries in the U.S. per day. Biden was vice-president when former president Barack Obama blocked the project in 2015.