Alberta Premier Alison Redford believes that the Keystone XL pipeline could still be approved before 2013, despite the U.S. State Department's insistence that a deal to reroute the line in Nebraska has not shortened the period for overall approval.
In an extended interview with CBC's chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, Redford said there was a sense when she left Washington, D.C., earlier this week that there could still be discussion around the approval date.
The decision to delay a ruling on Keystone allows U.S. President Barack Obama to avoid a potentially divisive environmental issue before the 2012 election.
"I think unless there was a sense that everyone was fully onboard with this process and with this route that it would be very difficult for them to move away from ," Redford said on Mansbridge One on One.
"My sense when I left [Tuesday] was that there was still going to be discussion around that. But I do believe that from the State Department's perspective that they are committed to making sure that this is a process that has integrity and that they get to what will be the right outcome for Americans."
During the wide-ranging discussion, Redford also talks about her role models — Nelson Mandela, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed and Prime Minister Stephen Harper — and the country's perception of Alberta.