Can Romney boost trade ties with Canada?

By Edith Leung

If elected US president, Mitt Romney has said he would approve a pipeline that would run from Canada to US refineries in Texas on day one — a plan largely criticized by Kenneth Tung, a senior radio commentator and program host in Canada.

Canadians are closely watching the US presidential election, particularly because of Romney’s stand on the Keystone XL pipeline project. The Keystone project would allow TransCanada to run a tar sands oil pipeline across the US, stirring among environmentalists and Texans.

Although the project will create thousands of jobs and push America towards energy independence, Tung said: “The on-going project is still damaging scenic spots in Northern Canada.”

He added that some environmental groups and local farmers even tried to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas, saying “they cared mostly about the issue of climate change, rather than the ways of jobs that project could bring.”

Romney is a business expert. Tung believed if the Bain Capital founder were elected, he would enhance the trading channels between the US and Canada. However, Tung questioned whether the closer partnership might increase competition between the two countries; while Barack Obama would continue with the current policies, bringing no pros or cons to Canadians.

“We still have a long-haul observation on the two candidates. Even though Romney was convincing on the first debate, he may still not win at the polls,” said Tung.

Tung has live in Canada for over 30 years and is the Vice Chair and former Chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S, one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia, Canada, to provide services in settlement for Asians. Not only is he an opinion leader among the Chinese community, Tung also hosts radio program “News Talk” on Fairchild Radio.

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