Kenney accuses top Trudeau aide of conspiring with Obama on Keystone - 2020-02-07
Kenney's barbs came at a time of discord in the Canadian federation between its resource-rich Prairie provinces — like Alberta and Saskatchewan — and Trudeau's federal government. Prairie anger, which has largely focused on Trudeau's environmental policies, has even fueled a separatist movement in regions where the local economies depend on oil exports.
"I mean, the announcement of President Obama's veto of Keystone XL came 48 hours after Prime Minister Trudeau was sworn into office," said Kenney, a former federal Conservative Cabinet minister, during a panel discussion at the Wilson Center.
"And I have absolutely no doubt there had been back-channel conversations between his then-Principal Secretary Gerry Butts and the White House that there would be no negative reaction, and there wasn't. It was a news release, and they walked on to the next issue."