Amid all the hoopla of the Democratic party convention this week and the promises of shared prosperity, there was little for Canada to take away.

In the party’s national platform, released to coincide with the event in Charlotte, N.C., Canada barely rates a mention and there is nothing on the most important unresolved issue between the two countries and a big pillar of Canada’s own future prosperity — the stalled Keystone XL pipeline.

It’s a stark contrast to the Republican plan, which has made North American energy independence with the help of a stronger partnership with Canada and Mexico a key objective, and promises approval of the controversial US$7.6-billion pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries in the U.S. Gulf “on Day One” of a Mitt Romney administration.

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