Canada is figuring into the U.S. presidential race perhaps as never before.
Access to crude oil from Canadian oil sands reserves has become a major issue in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, and likely will be important when the eventual winner confronts incumbent Democrat President Barack Obama.
There are really two fights here. The Republican hopefuls are battling each other over who can best expedite access to Canada's secure energy supplies. And whoever wins the Republican nomination will accuse Obama of caving in to environmentalists who oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil sands crude to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
David Wilkins, former president George W. Bush's ambassador to Canada, is touting frontrunner Mitt Romney as best for Canada.
Wilkins told the Toronto Star on Tuesday that November's "watershed election" has significant ramifications for Canada.
Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline last month, after beingRead More »from Canada on the U.S. presidential campaign radar over oil sands exports