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Trump Presidency Could Be Good For Canadian Oil

Trump’s presidency could benefit Canada’s oil industry in no small way, one commodity investment adviser has told the Globe and Mail. According to Tim Pickering, Trump’s ambition to put a stop to imports from OPEC and make the U.S. self-sufficient in terms of energy is exactly what would help Canada’s struggling oil economy.

If Trump stays true to his promise for energy independence, it won’t happen overnight, and the most logical alternative to OPEC imports would naturally be Canada. The U.S.’ northern neighbor has suffered a serious economic slowdown because of the international oil price rout.

Canada’s latest GDP reading for August revealed an uptick of 0.2 percent, largely thanks to the recovery in oil prices as well as mining activity. However, it remains susceptible to further fluctuations in oil prices, which may be on the way as the OPEC meeting at the end of the month nears. Those expecting a production cut agreement are losing hope, and prices could once again take a nosedive should OPEC efforts fail.

If Trump-led America does turn to Canada for any oil it can’t produce itself, this would be good news for another industry segment as well: pipeline operators.

The president-elect said during his campaign that he would reopen the approval procedure for the controversial Keystone XL project that incumbent Obama vetoed. Right after the vote, the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline project, told Reuters Trump’s victory was “…favorable not only for our project, but for future infrastructure projects that have been vetted and reviewed as thoroughly as ours has been.”

The oil markets have already reacted to the Republican win of the presidential vote, with WTI recouping the losses sustained during voting day and settling at the highest in a week, at US$45.27 a barrel. The rise came despite another inventory build reported by the EIA.

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  • Bob on November 11 2016 said:
    Back in September, Trump gave you a roadmap to his energy policies, saying: We will use our vast coal, shale gas, and other American energy sources in a clean and appropriate manner to benefit American families and workers, not for the economic benefit his energy politically-connected. Support coal jobs, safe fracking, energy from offshore and public lands, and the Keystone Pipeline, which can be done responsibly.
  • don morris on November 14 2016 said:
    With Canada currently in the hands of the most Trump-unfriendly government on the planet, (see comments made against Trump by our PM,most Liberal and NDP MP's and ALL our media) outside of North Korea and I'm not too sure about that, one would think President Trump would look to Canada LAST for oil imports.

    Remember President Trump,any assistance you give to the Trudeau government in Ottawa will backfire on you in four years,as the Canadian media will claim that any advances in our economy are due to Trudeau's genius,and your help will NEVER be mentioned.

    Canada right now is NO friend to a Trump-led America, maybe look to your own resources first before you aid your enemy.

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