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Andrew Scheer pitches Canadian oil to Indian PM Narendra Modi, touts trade ties

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he will make India a core player in Canadian foreign policy considerations and energy exports if he becomes prime minister in 2019.Scheer met with Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, less than two months after he announced that he would be going to India to “repair and strengthen” bilateral ties in the wake of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s troubled trip in February.Modi didn’t meet with Trudeau until he was six days into his trip, but the Indian prime minister met with Scheer two days after his arrival in the Indian capital.Happy to meet Hon. @AndrewScheer, Canada’s Leader of the Opposition.Stressed the significance of strong India-Canada relations and wished him a pleasant stay in India. pic.twitter.com/orO4y3grSp— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 9, 2018
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Scheer said he told the leader of the energy-starved Asian giant that he would remove roadblocks standing in the way of pipeline expansion in order to help Canadian oil and gas access new markets.“This would allow India to meet its growing demands with responsible and reliable energy,” he said.India’s oil demand is projected to grow by 3.5 million barrels by 2035, accounting for one third of growth in global oil demand, global energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie reported in August.The country imports a significant amount of oil from Iran, but is looking to diversify its oil supplies amid U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil industry, which were prompted by Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.That means there’s a golden opportunity for players like Canada to jump in, according to Calgary-based energy consultancy JWN.READ MORE: Liberals won’t appeal Trans Mountain ruling, name former justice to oversee new Indigenous consultationsIn an interview with the Canadian Press, Scheer said he blamed the Liberals for the failure of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project, which was abandoned last fall.“It was cancelled because of Liberal regulatory changes. We continue to have tanker after tanker of foreign oil coming up the St. Lawrence into eastern Canadian markets directly because of the government’s decision,” Scheer said from New Delhi.Trudeau has denied that characterization of events, saying in the House of Commons last month that the project was shelved due to a business decision made by TransCanada in the face of market forces and the falling price of oil.WATCH: To get Trans Mountain built Andrew Scheer says he would invoke constitutional powers, ban foreign funds

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