This past weekend, TransCanada Corp. began to fill the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline - known as the Gulf Coast line - with oil from Oklahoma destined for Houston, Texas and the Gulf Coast.
A coalition of seven business groups - including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Council of Chief Executives, and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business - is using the recently signed Canada-European Union free trade agreement (CETA) to further their 'trade' agenda within this country.
The Globe and Mail reports, "In a letter to Industry Minister James Moore, the groups called on Ottawa and the provinces to extend the same commitments to each other as those made in the tentative Canada-European Union free trade deal, reached in October."
The Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, which continue in Singapore today and tomorrow, are "not progressing according to plan," says the U.S. negotiating chief in one of two new leaked documents published online today by Wikileaks. "The results are mediocre" leading up to Singapore, says the U.S. internal briefing note, and "even leaving aside the more complex issues (Intellectual Property, State-Owned Enterprises and Environment), demonstrates a situation that makes it very difficult to think of a complete closure in December."
Reuters reports that a new energy bill was introduced by Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and opposition conservative lawmakers (the National Action Party, PAN) on Saturday, that Senate committees debated it on Sunday, and that the debate on the bill will resume today. "Outside the Senate, hundreds of protesters beat rocks and spoons against barricades covered with graffiti assailing the energy reform, as riot police looked on."
"(The bill) would open up the world's 10th-biggest oil producer to private investment (and) let private firms partner with (the) state oil firm Pemex. ...The draft marks a major break with tradition in Mexico, where assets of foreign oil companies were expropriated in 1938 to create Pemex..."
The Globe and Mail reports, "On its 4,000-kilometre path across the country, TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East’s pipeline would traverse the traditional territory of 180 different aboriginal communities, each of whom must be consulted and have their concerns accommodated as part of the company’s effort at winning project approval."