Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
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TAMPA, FL - It's not just the American economy that hangs in the balance of November's presidential election.
Canada's could see a boost, too, if Republican candidate Mitt Romney wins the White House, according to Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.
Speaking to QMI Agency here Monday at the Republican National Convention, Issa - a native of Cleveland who now represents California in Congress - said the nature of the North American relationship "depends" on the US economy being strong.
"Will the outcome of this election change the North American relationship in a positive way? If America gets working again, do Canadians get working again? If we start buying cars again, does that mean that Windsor auto plants can hire more employees? Yes it does," he said.
And the Keystone XL pipeline is another issue is getting some attention on the convention floor.
Republicans have always supported the $7-billion, 1,800-km pipeline that would ship about 700,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta's oilsands to refineries in the southern US along the Gulf Coast.
Romney has said, if elected, he'd approve the project within the first 100 days of taking office.
In January, US President Barack Obama punted off a decision on Keystone until after November's election and requested further reviews - a move condemned by critics as purely political.
"There is no question Republicans are deeply, passionately committed to the Keystone pipeline, and there is no question that it is tragic the Obama administration has so mishandled our relationship with our nerighbour to the north that there's actually an opening for China to have a better partnership because of the incompetence of the Obama administration," Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker and one-time presidential candidate told Sun News Network and QMI Agency Monday. "Romney has said on day one, he'll sign the excecutive order for the Keystone pipeline, and I think I think it's very clear where we stand as a party."
This week, Republicans will officially nominate Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan as the party's presidential and vice-presidential candidates in November's election.