Quit ragging the puck on Keystone, Mr. President: Oliver

Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver speaks during Question Period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa...

Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver speaks during Question Period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Blair Gable

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 4:25 PM ET

OTTAWA - Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver used a hockey term Sunday to urge President Barack Obama to finally score with the Keystone XL pipeline after years of missing the net.

Oliver hit the airwaves to mount a re-energized government offensive to convince the White House to move after the State Department concluded the most reviewed pipeline in U.S. history meets Obama's litmus test of not significantly exacerbating carbon pollution.

"I certainly hope he won't drag the puck. We feel that the reasons to go ahead are very strong, that the environmental issues have been dealt with," Oliver said on CTV's Question Period.


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