International Spotlight on Halifax

President George W. Bush was in Halifax recently to thank Canadians for the hospitality they showed thousands of American travelers stranded in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Making his first official visit to Canada, President Bush arrived in Canada for talks with Prime Minister Paul Martin. He chose Halifax as the only location to address the country on the significant relationship that exists between Canada and the United States.

Speaking from Halifax’s historic Pier 21 landmark, the building where hundreds of thousands of immigrants first stepped onto Canadian soil between 1928 and 1971, President Bush commented about the vital links of commerce and trade that unite the Canadian and American people.

“Today, total trade between our two nations stands at nearly $400 billion; 23 percent of America's exports come into your nation; more than 80 percent of Canada's exports go into my country. Trade is important,” President Bush told the audience of more than 300 invited guests. “I am really glad to be in Canada and I am really glad to be among friends.”

Read the address by George W. Bush, President of the United States, at Pier 21

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