“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
It is part of the process. Since land claims are still unsettled, First Nations have lain claim to 3.7 times the land mass of this province, with overlap. because of that you can't build anything without attracting drums, chants and protests, always settled with nice fat leases.
The problem is the ecos, or was. The last election here the NDP leader, similar to a Democrat there, said he would veto a pipeline that hadn't been officially proposed yet. Let's play Obamagod!
He forgot that much of his base were unionized truckers, machinists, roughnecks and so forth who stood to make upward of $150,000 a year would object to not having jobs. That leader has since [one year] disappeared from the universe as we know it and the NDP is, well, meeting as we speak in a phone booth.
But they can delay things, hearings etc., which have already started, the first phase is done.....
As to the first part, Canada is one tenth the size of the US. Where you have might, Canada must use tact and patience and something you yanks never hear about: "linking". You want to talk about salmon rights etc., let's talk water usage. You want to talk about guaranteed supply? Let's talk about Keystone.
Also, we have no idea what Obama has been telling Harper. You must remember reports here when Obama was running the first time, him telling Ohio and Michigan audiences he would rip up NAFTA, then telling the Foreign Office that it was campaign rhetoric. So we have no idea whether the dog is barking or whining.
Also, until the 08 melt down the US represented up to 80% of our trade, which leaves us vulnerable; today it is about 40% or less and most of that is "must have" Like Auto Trade Pact, resources, power etc. So we have less and less to lose, which I don't think Obama has figured out yet.
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt