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Jason Kenney still hopeful about Keystone, even if Biden elected

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has promised to kill the project if elected president, but Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his government has been speaking with officials on both sides.

Democratic nominee has promised to kill the pipeline project if he wins

Joe Biden says he'd cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, and invest massively in clean energy. Construction is just barely underway on the pipeline, which would carry a sizeable fraction of Canada's oil exports to the United States. (Alex Panetta/The Canadian Press)

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he is still hopeful about the future of the Keystone XL pipeline, even if the Democrats win the U.S. election next month.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has promised to kill the project if elected president, but Kenney says his government has been speaking with officials on both sides.

"We are working with many people in the United States who support this project, including many people in the Democratic party," Kenney said at a news conference on Thursday.

"We're in constant contact with American senators and congressman on both sides of the aisle, governors and state legislators."

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said his government is working with many people in the United States who support the Keystone XL pipeline project, including people in the Democratic party. (CBC)

TC Energy has approved construction of the $8-billion US project to transport up to 830,000 barrels a day of oil from Alberta to Nebraska, which is about one-fifth of all the oil Canada transports to the United States each day.

The Alberta government has agreed to invest about $1.1 billion US as equity in the project and to guarantee a loan of $4.2-billion US.

Kenney said a number of U.S. trade unions and Indigenous groups on both sides of the border will speak in favour of the project if there's a change in administration.

"It would send a very, very negative message, should a future U.S. administration cancel a project that's partly owned by the Canadian government," the premier said. "It would really undermine the single most important trade relationship that the United States has in the world."

The project was sidelined in 2015 by former U.S. president Barack Obama when Biden was his vice-president. President Donald Trump approved it when he took office.

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