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    Harper endorses west-east pipeline; says it will improve energy sales, job market

    Harper endorses west-east pipeline; says it will improve energy sales, job market

    MONTREAL — The Canadian Press
    Published Friday, Aug. 02 2013, 1:30 PM EDT
    Last updated Friday, Aug. 02 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

    The Keystone XL pipeline would create jobs in Canada and the United States and ensure North American energy security, Stephen Harper said Friday after U.S. President Barack Obama suggested the long-lasting job effects would be minimal.

    “In terms of the Keystone pipeline, the perspective of this government is very clear, it is very well known by everyone in Washington,” the prime minister said in response to a reporter’s question about Obama’s remarks.

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    Alberta Premier Alison Redford and New Brunswick Premier David Alward, right, tour the Irving Canaport Marine Terminal in Saint John, N.B. on Friday, June 7, 2013.

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    “Our No. 1 priority in Canada is the creation of jobs and clearly this is a project that will create jobs on both sides of the border. It is, in our judgment, an important project not just for our economy and job creation but for the long-term energy security of North America.”

    Mr. Harper didn’t elaborate on how many jobs would result but has said previously that construction of the controversial 1,800-kilometre pipeline would create about 40,000 jobs.

    The U.S. State Department draft environmental analysis agrees, but estimates only about 35 permanent and temporary jobs would remain once the pipeline is fully operational.

    Mr. Obama told the New York Times in a recent interview that Keystone XL would create “maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline,” and added with a chuckle it would sustai

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