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Mayor Nenshi hopeful Ottawa will continue to support Keystone

Miles of pipe for the stalled Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla., in this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sue Ogrocki, File

There will soon be a new change at the helm in the United States and that’s got Calgary’s mayor looking at silver linings, one of them the Keystone XL pipeline.

President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t been shy about his support for the TransCanada pipeline and there are some suggesting this will breathe new life into the billion-dollar cross-border project.

“Now we move forward, it’s our number one trading partner, we have to figure out where we go from here,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “I think one thing that we should be careful about is that President-elect Trump has promised he will approve the Keystone XL pipeline, I want to make sure that the federal government, particularly the federal government understands that even if Keystone XL is approved, it doesn’t mean that we don’t also need Trans Mountain and Energy East.”

Nenshi says it would be awful if the federal government saw this as an “excuse” to renege on what he calls good public policy that should lead to the approval of those pipelines.

Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley still continues to shy away from lending her support to Keystone and has instead been pushing for the other two pipeline projects.

Earlier on Monday, she told reporters there is going to be disagreements on what’s best to go about it but wide opinion is necessary.

She adds her focus remains getting Alberta product to tide water.