Canada postpones Three Amigos summit amid Keystone XL tension
By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA Jan 15 (Reuters) - Canada has quietly postponed a summit with the leaders of the United States and Mexico amid tensions over the construction of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline and other issues, sources indicated on Thursday.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been due to host U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto for the annual meeting of the so-called Three Amigos, and a date had tentatively been set for late February, said two sources familiar with the plans.
Canadian officials recently reached out to Washington and Mexico City to say late February would not work, but gave no reasons, the sources said.
Jason MacDonald, Harper's chief spokesman, said no date had been formally announced.
"We intend to host the meeting later in the year," he said.
If Obama did come to Canada he would no doubt face a raft of pointed questions about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from the Alberta oil sands to the United States.
Canada wants the project to go ahead and has expressed impatience that Washington is still mulling the fate of the pipeline after six years of study. Environmental activists are putting heavy pressure on Obama to veto Keystone XL.
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that he still believed the pipeline would be approved one day - a strong hint that Canada is looking beyond Obama, who will leave office in early 2017. Continued...