July 10, 2006

Stephen Harper


From Reuters: Harper did well in Bush meetings: observers.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made little progress in getting President Bush to change anti-terror policies that could hurt Canada but he did succeed in keeping the media spotlight off a trip to visit a U.S. leader who is disliked in Canada.

In his first visit to Washington since the right-wing Conservatives won power in February, Harper sought to improve relations which had become badly strained under the previous Liberal government.

When the two leaders met on Thursday Harper complained publicly about a planned U.S. border crackdown which Canada fears could hurt bilateral trade.

Bush was noticeably warm with his guest, sympathizing with him on the border issue without making any promises and also praising Ottawa's record in the fight against terror.

The White House press release/transcript: Remarks by President Bush and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada in Press Availability.

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Posted by Forkum at July 10, 2006 09:43 PM