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American ambassador visits Western, hails U.S.-Canada relations

By Mark Weir
Gazette Staff

Sporting a green tie for St. Patrick’s Day, the United States ambassador to Canada, Paul Cellucci, paid a visit to Western yesterday. His presentation, entitled “Canada and the United States: Our Mutual Commitment to Cooperation and Community,” drew a full audience to Conron Hall in University College.

Cellucci, who was appointed ambassador to Canada in 2001, spent his time detailing the ties between Canada and the U.S.. His speech contained many references to the many similar goals, values and responsibilities the two nations share, living together on the same continent.

“There isn’t a department at our university that isn’t linked to the United States,” said Western President Paul Davenport in his introductory welcome of Cellucci. “We can also look to the U.S. for your support to the public university system.”

“For us in the U.S., to think of the [international] relationships which impact the daily lives of Americans, there is no other country that does so more than Canada,” Cellucci said, outlining the issues shared by both countries, such as energy, the environment, free trade, national security, terrorism, and the ongoing reconstruction of Iraq.

“We cannot defend our homeland without Canada’s help,” Cellucci said, as much of his presentation dealt with the ongoing War on Terrorism. “It would be comforting to think danger has passed, but we would be wrong,” he said. “We live in a dangerous world, so we need to protect ourselves at all times.”

“Only through trade and investment can we [Western countries] lift countries out of poverty — not through foreign aid,” he said of free trade. N.P. “We need to ensure impoverished countries have a voice and opportunity, so it is less likely they will turn to terrorism.”

“I believe he could have done a better job of speaking. as he used a lot of lofty rhetoric constantly used by White House officials,” said first-year law student Dave Phillips after Cellucci’s speech.

“I would have liked to hear more of what we don’t have in common,” said first-year history master’s student Cameron McAlpine. “He did have a very nice tie though.”



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