QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper disputes U.S. President Barack Obama's claim the Keystone oil pipeline would have little impact on the American economy.
"This is a project that will create jobs on both sides of the border," Harper said, CBC News reported Friday.
"It is in our judgment an important project, not just for the economy, for job creation, but for the long-term energy security of North America," he said during a press conference in Quebec City.
Obama has downplayed the effect of the pipeline, which would bring oil from tar sands in Canada to refineries in the United States.
The pipeline would produce only 2,000 U.S. jobs during its pipeline's construction, and only 50 to 100 of those jobs would be permanent, Obama said in an interview with The New York Times.
A U.S. State Department study suggested the pipeline would create as many as 40,000 jobs.
Harper did not say how many jobs might be created.