Maybe "deal" is too generous a term. Let's call it Donald Trump's pipedream.
Contenders for the Republican presidential nomination all favour the Keystone XL pipeline project now on hold thanks to president Obama. Trump, naturally, has gotten aboard only with a few extra stipulations.
“I want 25 per cent of the deal for the United States. They’re going to make a fortune,” he declared in Muscatine, Iowa on Sunday. On Saturday, he said he would ask for “25 per cent of the profits forever.”
Trump, campaigning as an economic nationalist, said he wants the pipeline approved. But he said TransCanada should not be allowed to send Canadian oil through American land—“through farmland and through cities and wherever the hell they’re going” — without paying a hefty price.
“When they do this pipeline, it’s going to be a very profitable thing and it’s really Canada oil coming down — so it’s not — I like Canada, I want these people to be happy, but I want the developers of the pipeline to give the United States a big, big chunk of the profits or even ownership rights, like I do in business. That’s what I do,” he said.
Hmm, a "big chunk of the profits or even ownership rights" - I'll bet that has Christy Clark's ears buzzing and probably a couple of Quebec mayors to boot.
Poor Enbridge, poor Kinder Morgan.
Oh yeah, Trump added that he's not all the crazy about taking Canadian dilbit but he went out of his way to add that he really, really likes us. "I love Canada, by the way." Wait a minute, does that mean we're not getting our wall?