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Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in a bilateral meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in a bilateral meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

On pipelines, is Harper about to pull an ‘Obama’?

Is Prime Minster Stephen Harper prepared to “pull an Obama” and punt on the Northern Gateway decision in the face of implacable opposition?

The Prime Minister has been openly critical – verging on scornful – over U.S. President Barack Obama’s agonizingly slow process for deciding whether to approve TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline which would carry oil sands bitumen to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. Mr. Harper famously called approval of the KXL project a “no brainer.”