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03/10/2016 17:26 EST | Updated 03/11/2017 00:12 EST

Selected quotes about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Washington visit

WASHINGTON — Some selected quotes about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to Washington on Thursday:

"The history may be complex, but the bottom line is clear. There is no relationship in the entire world like the Canada-U.S. relationship." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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"Our great countries have been friends a long time. We grew up together. And like all great enduring friendships, at our best, we bring out the best in one another. And through it all, our enormous shared accomplishments speak for themselves — prosperous, free, diverse societies that have shaped history together." Trudeau.

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"The president and I share a common goal. We want a clean growth economy that continues to provide good jobs and great opportunities for all of our citizens. And I'm confident that by working together, we'll get there sooner than we think." Trudeau.

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"Softwood lumber came up, and I'm confident that we are on a track towards resolving this irritant in the coming weeks and months." Trudeau.

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"And speaking of exports, we know with certainty that there's a high demand for Canadian goods down here. A few that come to mind that President Obama just rightly recognized as being extraordinary contributors to the American success story is Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks." Trudeau.

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"We've made tremendous progress on many issues. Unfortunately I will leave town with my beloved Expos still here in Washington. You can't have everything." Trudeau.

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"One of the things that is abundantly clear whenever a president and prime minister sit down to engage on important issues of relevance to our peoples, is that the relationship, the friendship between our two countries goes far beyond any two individuals or any ideologies. I have tremendous confidence in the American people and look forward to working with whomever they choose to send to this White House later this year." Trudeau.

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"And what a beautiful day it is. Which is a little unfair. As president, my very first foreign trip was to Canada — to Ottawa in February. In the snow. Still, our friends from the Great White North gave me a very warm welcome. Mr. Prime Minister, we hope to reciprocate some of that warmth today, with your first official visit south of the border." President Barack Obama.

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"And this is also a special day for the many Canadians who live and work here in America and who enrich our lives every day. We don't always realize it, but so often, that neighbour, that co-worker, that member of the White House staff, some of our favourite artists and performers — they're Canadian! They sneak up on you." Obama.

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"Americans and Canadians — our brave men and women in uniform — have paid the price together across a century of sacrifice, from the poppy fields of Flanders to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. As NATO allies, we stand united against terrorism and for the rights of nations like Ukraine to determine their own destiny. As leaders at the United Nations, we stand up for peace and security and the human rights of all people." Obama.

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"As NATO allies, we're united against the threat of terrorism. Canada is an extraordinarily valued member of the global coalition fighting ISIL, tripling its personnel to help train and advise forces in Iraq, stepping up its intelligence efforts in the region and providing critical humanitarian support." Obama.

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"So, Prime Minister Trudeau — Justin, Sophie — to all our Canadian friends — we are two different countries, but days like this remind us that we're like one big town. And we reaffirm that Americans and Canadians will always be there for each other. Welcome to the United States. Bienvenue, mes amis." Obama.

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"I'm especially pleased to say that the United States and Canada are fully united in combating climate change." Obama.

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"We just completed a very productive meeting, although I regret to inform you that we still have not reached agreement on hockey." Obama.

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"I hear very often that young people are the leaders of tomorrow. I completely disagree. I think that young people are the leaders of now. Today." Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, speaking at an event promoting education for girls.

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"Women and girls must be educated and an educated young girl becomes an educated young mother, or mentor or friend, professional. That makes for an educated society and an educated society makes for a more peaceful and just place to be and to grow in." Gregoire-Trudeau.

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"Sophie is a very passionate advocate for women and girls, and I know she's as excited as I am to be here." Michelle Obama.

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"I can't think of any other reasons why Google hits for the search term 'moving to Canada' have reached an all-time high, although if you've noticed and done your homework, those hits spike after each and every presidential debate." U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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"Prime Minister Trudeau and I actually have a lot in common. He is a young, hip, good-looking, popular head of state and a hockey fan. I too am a big hockey fan.'" Kerry.

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"He (Trudeau) comes up all the time. As soon as he was elected, Americans were saying, 'Oh, your new PM' — I don't think they knew who the old PM was." Liz Siddle, a Canadian expatriate who has lived in Washington for years.

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"We are thrilled to see the prime minister announce a national methane reduction target for the oil and gas sector." Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta director of the Pembina Institute.

 

 

 

 

The Canadian Press