ROTHENBURGER: Keystone XL makes Ajax, TMX reviews look flawless in comparison


ONE OF THE VERY FIRST THINGS Joe Biden did after being sworn in as president was to kill the Keystone XL pipeline.

He and Justin Trudeau had a phone chat about it Friday but nothing will change Biden’s long-held views about Keystone XL, and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s demands that Canada impose economic sanctions on the U.S. in retaliation are just so much political gabble.

The approval process for Keystone XL makes the Ajax mine and Trans Mountain reviews look like models of competence and efficiency in comparison.

Keystone XL isn’t nearly as familiar to us in this part of the country as Trans Mountain but it’s a really big deal in Alberta, which explains why Kenney is having a temper tantrum.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011 and was a 2019 Commentator of the Year finalist in the Webster Awards. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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