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Now that he's seen the oilsands, North Dakota Senator John Hoevin is convinced the US needs a piece of the pie.
Hoevin was taken on a tour of the Fort McMurray area Tuesday afternoon, by deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk.
Hoevin says the US needs to strike up a strong energy relationship with Alberta, so nations like China don't get the jump on business.
"Canada is out closest friend and ally, and (the US) needs to be playing offence when it comes to energy, and not defence. It means working with Canada to develop resources, not throwing up road blocks, like the Obama administration did with the Keystone XL Pipeline, which instead puts Canada in the position where it has to look to China to sell its oil."
Hoevin says it's time for the US to utilize Canada for its oil dependency, rather than countries in the middle east. (lk)