Harper won't take no for an answer on Keystone XL - Politics - CBC News
With the fate of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline still in the hands of U.S. President Barack Obama five years on, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a crowd of business leaders gathered in New York that he will not take no for an answer.
Harper, who participated in a question and answer session with the Canadian American Business Council on the second day of his visit to New York Thursday afternoon, said in no uncertain terms "my view is you don't take no for an answer."
"We haven't had that but if we were to get that, that won't be final. This won't be final until it's approved and we will keep pushing forward," Harper said in his strongest statement on the proposed cross-border pipeline to date.
Instead he's portraying anyone who doesn't agree with him as being deluded.
Asked by the moderator why Obama was still sitting on the decision, Harper said "it's just politics."
His candour appeared to surprise the business leaders who could be heard laughing in the crowd, albeit briefly.
Harper went on to say that "bad politics make bad policy."
"I believe that in strong, advanced countries and economies like ours bad policies ultimately get reversed," Harper said, adding that there is no "plan B."
Liberal Natural Resources critic Geoff Regan was also critical of Harper's comments, describing them as "bizarre."
"Conservative mismanagement of the Keystone XL pipeline is costing Canadians’ jobs and damaging our relationship with our most important trading partner," Regan said.
Maybe he realizes that his only real strong card is being taken off the table and he'll soon go with it.