Conservatives continue hard sell on Keystone as minister heads to DC

Global News

 Above: Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford discusses his strategy ahead of his trilateral meeting in Washington with his U.S. and Mexican counterparts.

OTTAWA — It’s a hard sell, but the Conservative government is not backing down on the controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Natural Resources Minster Greg Rickford on Monday is heading to Washington — his third official visit to the U.S. capital while heading the resources portfolio — for a trilateral meeting with his American and Mexican counterparts.

This will mark Rickford’s fourth face-to-face meeting with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and his first with Mexican Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell.

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While the agenda will cover energy data and Mexico’s regulatory reforms for its oil and energy sector, the three will surely discuss energy infrastructure as it pertains to the long-delayed Keystone project, Rickford said.


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