It has been nearly two days since Donald Trump won his bid for the White House.
Now that the dust has settled, Mayor Naheed Nenshi is speaking up about what a Trump presidency would mean for Alberta.
Nenshi told News Talk 770’s Angela Kokott that Alberta’s problems won’t disappear if Trump approves the Keystone XL pipeline.
The mayor said Keystone XL would solve a problem with glut of capacity and supply and would provide a circuitous route to tidewater through the Gulf coast, but it relies on U.S. refineries.
“I hope that the federal government doesn’t see the approval of Keystone as an excuse to drag their legs on the other two,” Nenshi said, speaking about Trans Mountain and the Energy East pipeline.
Nenshi said he was pleased that Trump’s victory speech had much less bluster than some of his campaign speeches, but said he is more concerned with his actions to date and the actions of his supporters.
“There were a lot of very hateful things that came up in this election… and I’m not talking necessarily about things that the president-elect himself did or said, but the supporters who were somehow emboldened to talk about this. I think that we here in Canada need to be very, very thoughtful about what I call the age-old question of the world, of humanity, ‘how do we live together?’”
He said he hopes cool heads prevail within the U.S. congress when deciding on trade pacts; and that Canada doesn’t sustain any collateral damage.
With files from Aurelio Perri