WASHINGTON — The White House says Prime Minister Stephen Harper shouldn’t expect any new information if he presses for details on Keystone XL at a leaders’ summit next week.
Senior officials in the Obama administration said at a media briefing on Friday that Harper will be told privately the same thing he’s been hearing elsewhere in public comments from U.S. decision-makers about the proposed TransCanada pipeline.
The message? There’s a process underway in the U.S., the process is not politically directed, and it’s not clear when it will end.
Harper is expected to raise the long-delayed pipeline when he meets President Barack Obama next week in Mexico at a North American leaders’ gathering — and the answer’s already in the can.
“What President Obama will do is explain to him where we are in the review … and indicate that, of course, we’ll let our Canadian friends know when we’ve arrived at a decision,” one official said.
“Frankly, the message that he’ll be delivering is quite similar to the one you’ve heard from us publicly.”