April 5, 2012

Canadian Oil going to Asia: with Video

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked about a variety of issues including a wide range of topics including U.S.-Canada relations, energy supplies and exports, immigration, and trade expansion. The Keystone XL pipeline was the focus of several questions posed to the Canadian leader.

Find out how Canada is being viewed on the world stage. Thing you will never hear from the CBC.

h/t Glenn in the comments

Posted by Kyla at April 5, 2012 10:25 AM

Purely in the interest of being strictly accuracate, the CBC has that clip and story here:

Posted by: greenmamba at April 5, 2012 10:43 AM

I am proud of Mr. Harper and how he talked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Especially at 21:50 minutes, he called a spade a spade. And 22:20.

However easy for me to say, when asked a question about 'clean' energy' at 23:33 Mr. Harper dropped the ball when he agreed that 'clean energy' is needed.

He should have asked for clarification what "clean" energy is?

Creation of solar panels, wind turbines need rare earth products, as well other minerals that are not plentiful reasonable cost items in construction.

With that, how does one store the power from these units? Batteries?

The only clean energy is Nuclear, but then one can argue that isn't clean due to obvious radioactive rods and water.

Posted by: johnbrooks at April 5, 2012 11:08 AM

The CSPAN one is the best viewed, no packet fragmentation. The original from Wilson Centre is hugely fragmented. as the link given above.

Posted by: johnbrooks at April 5, 2012 11:10 AM

Am I the only one for whom the main page is rogered? It appears as two overlapping columns, instead of as its normal single column.

Posted by: gordinkneehill at April 5, 2012 11:18 AM

No Canadian can watch that video without having pride in our Prime Minister. His intellect shines through along with his knowledge of this critical relationship between Canada and the USA. Canada is in good hands as we move forward.

Posted by: ct at April 5, 2012 11:28 AM

Keystone questions 32 mins

Posted by: johnbrooks at April 5, 2012 11:45 AM

Ace blog talks about this and how Americans are NOW at last going to have to pay world oil prices for their oil from Canada. While we've been taking it hard forever at the pumps, our gov't has been discounting our oil to USA.
All I can say is that it's about time!
(Rage) Gas hit 1.25/l here in town last night! (/Rage)

Posted by: Geo D. at April 5, 2012 12:00 PM

Artic ice disappearing 39:25.

Mr. Harper agrees that the ice is disappearing.

I thought it wasn't.

Posted by: johnbrooks at April 5, 2012 12:04 PM

Geo, gas is 1.47 in Montreal today, Thurs 5th.

Posted by: johnbrooks at April 5, 2012 12:05 PM

114. in Edmonton

Posted by: johnbrooks at April 5, 2012 12:07 PM

I can't blame Canadians for their glee. I can't blame Harper for no longer trusting the US. Sure Obama will be gone, but we elected him, and we could elect his like again.

Posted by: tim in vermont at April 5, 2012 1:09 PM

Loved this comment on the CBC thread:

"Harper's is standing up for Harper's Canada. But it's not Canada's Canada!"

Posted by: tim in vermont at April 5, 2012 1:11 PM

I for one am not real crazy about selling a strategic resource to China. They are friends with nobody but themselves and are certainly not our friends.

Posted by: Edward Teach at April 5, 2012 1:25 PM

carbon offsets @ 35:25

PMSH: "offsets are a way of pretending you've addressed emmissions when you really haven't..."

[much laughter]

Jane Harman(host): Changing the subject.

[more laughter]

ding, ding, ding...we have a winner!!

Yes because carbon offsets are a Goracle hustler's dream...


Hans Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

1st Saint Nicolaas Army
Army Group “True North”

Posted by: Hans at April 5, 2012 1:27 PM

I don't care right now i am still fuming mad about this whole ammunition thing , and the bill c-68 scrap it all and i will once again restore my faith in the conservatives .

Posted by: paul in calgary at April 5, 2012 1:41 PM

Harper thinks the Arctic ice is melting??? Otherwise great Q & A.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at April 5, 2012 1:51 PM

I have stated this during our Conservative board meetings with our MP that we see and hear incredible speeches and presentations like this one by Harper but never here in Canada. He truly is the best PM I have ever seen with his comprehensive understanding of so many topics and doesn't need a teleprompter like Barry does.

Why does Harper not do these talks to Canadians and explain his policies and vision to us?

Posted by: dave at April 5, 2012 2:01 PM

This should amaze a lot of yanks.....

No teleprompter.....casually/confidently fielding questions cold.....

Without coming across like Nigel Farange...(who we admire........)

Posted by: sasquatch at April 5, 2012 2:06 PM

'This should amaze a lot of yanks.....'

Actually, even Jimmy Carter could speak without a teleprompter if he had to, and would have been embarrassed to use one in anything other than written speeches.

We are amazed by "the one's" inability to do it.

Posted by: tim in vermont at April 5, 2012 2:08 PM

think of Obama (or whoever is pulling his strings) saying no to Keystone as a blessing in disguise

Posted by: Rizwan at April 5, 2012 2:17 PM

Funny how US media has not picked up on this. You would think that higher prices might be a concern for them.

Posted by: Guestor at April 5, 2012 2:35 PM

Thanks everybody for the clarifications, especially greenmamba. Some arctic ice melts every year, it replenishes every year too.

The talk of oil going to China is a direct shot at Obama for killing the Keystone XL pipeline before the election.

Posted by: Kyla at April 5, 2012 2:53 PM

The US media has not picked up on "it" because they consider Canada nothing more than a bit player in the U.S.'s economic health. This attitude prevails, even though we're their most reliable source of energy.

Oh well, sucks to be them.

Posted by: the bear at April 5, 2012 2:55 PM

Actually the US media has not "picked on it" for the same reason Jewish US citizens are more DEMONcRAT than Jewish....

It's simple, blantant political posturing....

Posted by: sasquatch at April 5, 2012 3:16 PM

Time for the capital punishment discussion. - We can practice on the CBC.

Posted by: CRB at April 5, 2012 3:17 PM

Obama could care less if we sell oil to China. Fits right in with his green energy plans.

Strengthening two enemies with one action in likely not the brightest thing to do. But one wouldn't expect the disoriented to understand that.

Posted by: fiddle at April 5, 2012 3:19 PM

The American Media establishment is making herculean efforts to keep American Citizens as ignorant of this mans Obamas blunders as possible.
Its like a Cone of silence has descended on an Isolated USA.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at April 5, 2012 3:52 PM

"The talk of oil going to China is a direct shot at Obama for killing the Keystone XL pipeline before the election."

It's more than talk, it's going to happen.
It isn't to take a shot at Obama, it's being done for sound economic reasons, our oil has to have a buyer we can count on.

Obama is doing to foreign economies what he is doing to American businesses, he is creating an anti-business environment which makes planning and imvesting in future development relating to partnering with United States fraught with risk and uncertainty.

Posted by: Oz at April 5, 2012 4:24 PM

WTF was he doing at the Wilson Institute being questioned by a Dem from California???

Posted by: Sean at April 5, 2012 5:58 PM

'I can't blame Canadians for their glee. I can't blame Harper for no longer trusting the US. Sure Obama will be gone, but we elected him, and we could elect his like again.'
Posted by: tim in vermont at April 5, 2012 1:09 PM

Tim it took a long time for Canada to elect such a man as PMSH to be our Prime Minister; we are still trying to adjust! We were embarrassed for years by the ilk the Eastern Canadians and msm elected: Turdeau, Pearson, Malrony, Crechan, owe us no 'sorrys' as the good people in the US excused all the radical left loonies that we made your administrations deal with and American citizens stood with us as friends. We will not abandon you now. It is the people that count to me and to most Canadians; we know that all of you did not vote for the 'present' President. Hopefully your countrymen will elect a man like our Prime Minister; a man who respects and follows your Constitution, this next November.

I do admire our officials for holding their noses 'working with' that vile scrap of dung, Cass Sunstine. We do have his ilk in our parliament (Dippers/Liberanos) so I will not fall into the pit of the pot/kettle..... We have had elected officials bad mouth American officials to the press and to the Canadian people - our msm is further anti Liberty than your msm. We have come a long way but we are not near the standard of The American Constitution - please send us some help in your next election.

American Freedom loving, God faring, soldier citizens in defense of Freedom are the very best friends Canadians have in the World. God Bless You.

Posted by: Jema54 at April 5, 2012 7:25 PM

Correct Jema . After years of Trudeau, Cretin the crook, without a beat, we have nothing to crow about. It was only a Western revolt after the rape of Alberta economically we got serious.The reason I worry is America for good or bad is the lynch pin of the Democratic World, if not its engine.
Obama has destroyed a Nation most people of free thought looked up to. Not only for protection, but ideals. I blame the noxious Media in the USA.
This anti-Democratic institution filled with Socialists are eating America from within.
Nothing wrong with the People of the USA.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at April 5, 2012 8:23 PM

Re Arctic ice -- The ice is melting . . . and it has melted before. I believe that a change in ocean currants is a major factor.

Posted by: LindaL at April 5, 2012 11:56 PM

Isn't nice to see a politician talking calmly- not pointing creating straw men to make his points. Arctic Ice aside, - (science is way suspect BTW Dr. fruit fly warmists/changists) he is doing a great job. I also like the fact he is one of the few world leaders who can look BO in the eye and take him to school.

Posted by: wnmc at April 6, 2012 12:27 AM

I agree with you Revnant Dream @ 8:23. I fear for all of us in the Free World and in the hoping to be Free World with USA in this horrible situation.

Posted by: Jema54 at April 6, 2012 2:27 AM