Harper has made it clear that since the end of George W. Bush's presidency Canada-U.S. relations have been getting worse.
Keystone is just one part of that. Harper has also expressed concerns about trade and border issues, such as the Buy American provisions proposed by Obama.
Harper may very well enjoy a closer relationship with a like-minded conservative, such as Gingrich or even Mitt Romney, than with Obama. We'll have to wait until November 2012 to find out.
Not satisfied with being on the same page with arch conservative Mitt Romney on social welfare issues, Prime Minister Harper further devalued Canadian sovereignty by assuring Democratic President Obama on December 23 2011 that the Conservative government of Canada is on the same page as the democratic government in the USA on so-called "joint security."
Mit Romney US Republican Presidential candidate and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, both posing as moderate conservatives have remarkably similar views on the value of publicly funded social programs in the two countries
Last night's speech wasn't the first time Romney mentioned Canadian oil and Keystone. Romney accused the President of pandering to environmentalists when the pipeline was first rejected.
Mitt Romney vowed that Canadian oil will flow into the U.S. if he becomes president in his victory speech in Michigan on Wednesday night.
"I'll get us that oil from Canada that we deserve," Romney said to a crowd of supporters after narrowly beating Rick Santorum in the primary held in the state in which he was born.
Romney was critical of the Obama administration's position on the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada and the moratorium on offshore drilling that followed the 2010 oil spill. He said in his plan, "a Romney administration will pave the way for the construction of additional pipelines that can accommodate the expected growth in Canadian supply of oil and natural gas in the coming years."
Where Romney differs from the other plausible candidates (Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry) is that, however much he denies it during the nomination campaign, he is more moderate. He will be better able to work with Democrats in Congress, and more able to contemplate realistic, balanced policies for dealing with the country’s long-term fiscal problems. These abilities are important to Canada because Canada needs the U.S. to remain–or become again–a going concern.
In remarks in Golden, Colo., Romney said his economic policies would lead to creation of 12 million jobs in the four years of his term, if he is elected, and help make North America energy independent, a pledge that aides said included Canada and Mexico as well as the United States.
The Obama administration’s energy policy has been simply incoherent. For instance, it has blocked off-shore drilling in U.S. waters while applauding increased drilling off the coast of Brazil. Similarly, it has blocked construction of a pipeline that would bring Canadian oil to the United States, knowing full well that the result would be Canadian oil flowing to China instead. And it has pursued numerous regulations that would drive up energy prices while destroying millions of jobs.