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People walk among teepees set up on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, April 21, 2014, as the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, protest the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
People walk among teepees set up on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, April 21, 2014, as the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, protest the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
(Alex Brandon/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

On Keystone, it’s been a series of political miscalculations for Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper blamed the latest delay in approving the Keystone XL pipeline on “politics.” It begs a simple question: why has Mr. Harper failed at the politics?

Securing approval for the pipeline, after all, has been very important to Mr. Harper. His foreign affairs minister, John Baird, called it the government’s number-one foreign-policy priority back in 2011.