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Conservative Party (UK)

Canadian election caught up in Obama's pipeline decision

WASHINGTON �� Canada's election in October has become yet another event shaping the seven-year saga of the Keystone XL pipeline, one that may lead the Obama administration to delay announcing a decision to approve or reject the $8 billion project. Putting a decision on hold would give the U.S. and Canada a chance to reset a strained relationship, said David Wilkins, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada. On the other hand, a decision in the midst of Canada's 11-week election campaign could be seen as political interference. "If the decision is made now, one would have to wonder why it would come during a declared election campaign for prime minister," Wilkins...