Canada's consul general touts Keystone XL in visit to Pa.

Written by Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania | Apr 16, 2015 4:03 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- No other country buys more goods and services from Pennsylvania than Canada.

Much of the trade revolves around energy.

Canada's Consul General in New York John Prato visited Harrisburg this week to promote the economic ties between his country and the Commonwealth.

Prato promotes Canada's interests in five states, including Pennsylvania.

Speaking on WITF's Smart Talk, he says bilateral trade between Canada and Pennsylvania averages nearly $25 billion, encompassing industries like manufacturing, agriculture, and energy.

"Many people here in the commonwealth don't know that the province of Ontario imports natural gas from the Marcellus," he says.

Prato also touted the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would deliver Canadian tar sands oil to Gulf Coast refineries.

"So the question for this country is 'Do you want oil from your friend, your ally, a democracy?" he says. "Or do you want it from countries that don't share those values."

Prato was in Harrisburg to lobby the state legislature and Governor Tom Wolf.



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