Secretary Clinton in Canada

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 30, 2010
Secretary Clinton With Canadian Foreign Minister Cannon Before G-8 Meeting in Canada

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Secretary Clinton is traveling in Canada, stopping in Ottawa and Gatineau, March 29-30, 2010, for the G-8 Foreign Ministers meeting. On March 29, Secretary Clinton met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Following their meeting the Secretary said, "I thank you Prime Minister, once again, for the hospitality and leadership. Canada has been such a close friend and ally. And your work on behalf of Haiti--as we were just talking before the press came in, the UN Conference in New York tomorrow, and Canada has been one of the leaders in driving that process. Hosting the G-8 and G-20 later in the year. And we look forward to welcoming you to Washington for the Nuclear Security Summit."

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton also met with U.S. Embassy Ottawa employees and their families. In her remarks, the Secretary underscored the importance of the U.S.-Canadian relationship. She said, "It is a relationship of family. It's a relationship, obviously, of the longest, most peaceful border in the world. It's a strategic relationship on so many fronts."

The Secretary continued, "And the United States and Canada have the closest economic relationship of any two nations in history. Our partnership truly is the engine of the world's economy, and I'm confident that we both will emerge from the recent economic downturn even stronger and more prosperous than before.

"One-third of the Canadian economy depends on trade with the United States, and Canada is our largest trading partner. So we really produce a lot of jobs on both sides of the border for a lot of Canadians and Americans. Whether it's the automobile industry working side-by-side in Windsor and Detroit, or energy partnerships that use the skills and talents of both of our countries, we are a testament to open and free trade.

"We also have worked together for over 60 years in the mutual defense of North America through our joint efforts such as NORAD. We are partners in NATO, we are allies in many places around the world. And we have so much that is important for us to do, and we're going to be holding discussions tonight and tomorrow in preparation for the G-8 meeting here in Canada in the summer.

"So I just can't say enough about how critical each of you is to promoting, deepening, broadening, and strengthening the relationship between our two countries."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.



March 30, 2010

Helen L. in Canada writes:

please explain why all your copyright industrial sectors/ under the free trade are having troubles/ i have your c.r documents.

Josee R.
April 3, 2010

Josee L. in Canada writes:

From today's Montreal Gazette Editorials
Montreal Gazette Editorial Page, April 1, 2010

"At Least She Didn't Complain About the Food""Everybody has had, at least once, the sort of house-guest who mocks your furnishings, disdains your cooking, steps on your cat, and leaves your spare room a mess. This week all Canadians did, as Hillary Clinton openly and needlessly criticized her hosts on three different topics in a two-day visit.

As US Secretary of State, Clinton's job is to speak her government's mind. But that doesn't mean flailing away in public at at a friendly host government, as Clinton did. In at least one case, she went farther, in public, than she should have gone even in private.

In Ottawa, for a meeting of Arctic Ocean states, convened by Lawrence Cannon, our foreign minister, Clinton grumbled that he had invited only five of the eight such states, a legitimate point but one which should have been made in private before she agreed to attend. She then blew off the concluding press conference, although she was no doubt well aware that she would have been the star of the show.

Then she went on TV to complain that Canadian troops will leave Afghanistan next year. Did nobody brief her on Canadian political sensitivities on that issue? And why doesn't she hector certain other NATO allies who have done much less than Canada?

Finally, she said Canada should live up to her views on helping Third World mothers by improving their access to abortion. Even Canadians who agree with her on that won't relish Aunt Sam pushing us around.

It wasn't her best outing."

Very well said, indeed.

Virginia, USA
April 5, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

Thanks for the Canadian perspective, Josee. I read a Washington Post article on the visit that was not nearly as illuminating as your post.

" offers the public an alternative source to mainstream media for U.S. foreign policy information."

Yes, it certainly does. But not always in a way that they would necessarily approve of. That's a good thing.

Thanks again.


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