*** a little tid bit of info, 20% of America's oil imports currently comes from Canada with the Keystone pipeline it is said that it could go higher. The United States has long tried to reduce its dependance on Middle Eastern and enemy countries for its oil. An end or huge reduction in Canadian oil imports would end the United States dream of becoming independent of middle eastern and foreign oil!
Well I have been reporting the last few actions by the US which are hurting Canada a country that is the most important trading partner to the United States but also relies heavily on the United States for its own economy.
We all know that Canada has given the United States first dibs on all resources and trading. The country has avoided trade with other countries to support American interests. For a long time Canada has been called America's bitch and with all the back stabbing the US Government has done Canada has stayed the course.
However a little while ago President Obama stated he would be violating the NAFTA agreement by enacting a buy America law. This action is the third time Obama has introduced or tried to introduce a Buy America law. Both prior times the law was shut down due to its obvious beach of the United States agreements. The latest time it again was shot down.
However during that crisis parliament in Canada met to discuss whether the US is a reliable trading partner. It was discussed whether Canada should seek a new main trading partner to remove the dependance on the United States, at the time the Conservative Party leading Canada prevented any action from being taken.
Anyways that brings me to the latest threat which appears could be the catalyst and final nail in the US's dream of removing its reliance on foreign oil.
The Keystone Pipeline was proposed for approval by the Canadian Government in 2009 and in 2010 it was approved. South Dakota Public Utilities Commission granted a permit on February 19, 2010. It appeared that the Pipeline was going to begin being built ASAP and would finally relieve the US's reliance on oil from the Middle East and war torn countries and enemies. However Obama bent to opposition when protestors began protesting the oil pipelines construction.
The oil Pipeline is going to benefit the United States far more then Canada, many Canadian Unions and Government officials tried to block it saying we would be selling out to America and that our country wouldn't benefit as much from the deal. The Canadian Government defended the decision to sell our oil to America, but Obama appears to have halted the development.
The United States Government was supposed to approve the Pipeline this winter, however it would appear that the Obama administration is putting off the approval till after the next election. Canadian Government members have stated Obama is playing political games more worried about being re-elected then maintaining America's trade partnership with Canada.
So the gloves are now off. CBC/CTV News reports that Canada's Government told Obama that if the United States does not honor its trade agreements and does not approve of the Keystone Pipeline that Canada will take its resources elsewhere.
The beginning of the shift away from America is expected to be signed next year. Japan and China have both offered to take on all of our trade agreements for oil. This means that Canada will effectively stop sending oil to the United States or at least reduce the amount it does.
At the moment Canada does not have a trade agreement with China nor an oil agreement with Japan or other outside countries. The United States has had exclusive rights to most of Canada's resources.
Canadian Government analysts have suggested that Canada could fully replace the United States in the foreseeable future. The oil deal may be the start but the Government is said to be exploring additional trade deals which will mean our resources will be heading to Asia and the EU rather then the United States.
"I was in China and Japan and I just got back yesterday. And let me tell you there’s a keen interest in our resources in both those countries. The Japanese are interested in our natural gas, the Chinese in our oil and gas." Canada's National Resources Manager
Up until now the threats have come from the opposition parties in parliament and not from the Prime Minister himself. Minister Jim Flarety re-affirms the accusation that Harper is threatening the Obama administration saying “It may mean that we may have to move quickly to ensure that we can export our oil to Asia through British Columbia.”
What do you think is this an empty threat? In the past year or two the United States has become an unreliable business partner according to the Canadian Government with the opposition calling for action, however this time it is the ruling Conservative Party that is finally joining the rest of the Government in talk of beginning to ditch the US as our main trading partner by switching trade over to other more reliable countries.
What effect would the ceasing of oil exports or the shrinking of oil exports to the United States do? Is Obama really stupid enough to end trade with Canada over winning re-election? Many Canadians are extremely happy as it is widely believed Canada relies to heavily on the US and is always referred to as America's bitch. Do you think Canadian's and their Government should be looking for new trading partners to replace America? Or should Canada put up with Obama's moronic moves and hope the next US President isn't a dumb ass?
"In God We Trust - In Games We Play " - Joel Reimer