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Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks with US President Barack Obama during the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks with US President Barack Obama during the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

COLIN ROBERTSON

Why Canada wants to feel more love from the U.S.

Living beside the United States, remarked Pierre Trudeau, is like sleeping with an elephant: “No matter how friendly or temperate the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.” The twitching is getting to the Harper government and it has responded with a series of pokes.

A trio of senior ministers – John Baird, Joe Oliver, Greg Rickford – travelled to New York this month to voice what Stephen Harper calls our “profound disappointment” over the delayed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. Said Mr. Oliver: “This isn’t right, this isn’t fair.”