This week Canada's oil exports to the USA reached their highest levels ever, http://business.financialpost.com/n...ver-as-shale-production-falls?__lsa=dc58-a433 However, it's becoming increasingly clear that the USA will become Canada's largest competitor, not customer for North American oil exports. And thus, we must have other customers for the oil. With BC refusing pipelines from Alberta, and now Quebec mayors trying to stop pipelines to New Brunswick, how can we export the oil? Railways seem a poor alternative to pipelines, IMO. Here are the current pipelines, AIUI. One option that seems reasonable to me is a pipeline (or rail) to Churchill, Manitoba, and then ice-strengthened tankers take it to global markets. Of course we have to agree that Canada wants to be an oil exporter, wants to manage the environmental and land ownership concerns, spills, foreign ownership, etc. I imagine this thread will quickly be threadjacked into a discussion of why we shouldn't as opposed to how we can get our oil to market. It's a big asset of the Canadian economy, and represents 11% of known global oil reserves.