well now, this time next week, a lot of bluenosers will be calling in sick, and putting on their sunday best. it's not everyday that the leader of the remaining superpower comes-a-calling!
that's right, dubya is paying us a visit to thank our navy for their support in the fight against terrorism, aaand to thank us nova scotians for opening our homes to all the stranded airline passengers that were not allowed to enter US airspace as a result of 9/11. i think i'm gonna be one of the fellers callin in sick that day. (lol...with my luck, it'll be just like the firefighter that went on LTD, packed up his equipment and worked at ground zero. then was dismissed after the powers that be saw him on TV... (he won his appeal)) should be interesting....
hehe good luck mate .chucka barbie ,few prawns, 18 gallon keg...:beer: get all the crew reved up thats the spirit of canadians isnt it duane ? lol :cya:
Rebel Say Hi to W for me!! Remember to give him the tasty lobsters!!
Here's an accessory for the occasion (for $12 how can you go wrong?)
hmmm...i have a feeling the RCMP would confiscate that...then i would be guilty of contributing to the delinquincy of a mountie! Thursday, November 25, 2004 The Halifax Herald Limited -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ... Lawrence Jackson / AP Bush coming to Halifax U.S. president wants to say thanks for 9/11 help By STEPHEN MAHER / Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - George W. Bush is coming to Halifax next Wednesday to say thank you. The U.S. president wants to acknowledge Americans' gratitude to Canadians who looked after air passengers whose planes were diverted to Halifax and other cities in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He is also expected to thank Canada for its contributions to the war on terror. White House sources say the president is aware of the contribution Haligonians made when almost 7,000 airline passengers, many of them Americans, were stranded in the city. "My understanding is that the president would like to stop in Halifax and thank Atlantic Canadians for the assistance they gave to travellers following 9/11," Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan said Wednesday. "It may be a very brief visit, but certainly I think it's a very nice gesture." When Mr. Bush addressed Congress after the attacks, he thanked many countries by name but did not mention Canada, an omission widely noted in this country. Premier John Hamm was pleased to hear of the visit. "The whole symbolic nature of Mr. Bush's visit is good," he said. "We traditionally have been friends with the Americans, and from time to time that friendship has been strained. I think this is an opportunity for us to re-establish a firm friendship with our neighbours to the south." Mayor Peter Kelly said Wednesday the visit will be an opportunity to raise Halifax's profile. "It will be an opportunity to showcase our people and our communities," he said. Mr. Bush will arrive in Ottawa on Tuesday and is expected to have a meeting with Prime Minister Paul Martin, hold a news conference and attend a dinner at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, across the river in Quebec. He is not planning to speak to Parliament. Mr. Bush will fly to Halifax the next morning, where he is expected to give a speech. The White House said Wednesday that his schedule is still developing but he's expected to spend no more than a few hours in Nova Scotia. "We haven't announced anything yet on the president's visit to Halifax," said Trent Duffy of White House communications. "I can tell you on background that he is in fact going. We'll have all the details on that coming out Friday." The Halifax Airport Authority wouldn't comment on planning for the visit or even confirm that such planning is underway. A navy source had not heard of any plans for a presidential visit to the navy dockyards. Mr. Kelly said American consular officials are considering several venues for the president's speech, including the airport, the World Trade and Convention Centre and Pier 21. He said the decision may depend on the number of guests. When Mr. Bush travels, he does so with a contingent of hundreds, including advisers, journalists and security staff. Security may be behind Mr. Bush's decision not to address Parliament. Organizers predict a large antiwar protest on Tuesday in Ottawa. There has also been speculation about the potential for heckling if Mr. Bush were to speak in Parliament. When former U.S. president Ronald Reagan spoke in the House in 1987, he was heckled by New Democrat Svend Robinson. And when Mr. Bush spoke to the Australian parliament recently, Green party senators shouted him down. Mr. Hamm hopes any demonstrators in Halifax will protest in a "Nova Scotia fashion." "Make your point and be polite," he said. Marlene Jennings, the federal parliamentary secretary for Canada-U.S. relations, would prefer no protests at all. "I would hope that if Mr. Bush is there to give thanks to Canada for all of our support and assistance for a time of great need for Americans, that we would take a pause from expressing our views and do it another day." Mr. Hamm said he would like softwood lumber and reopening the border to Canadian beef to be high on the list of topics when the president meets with Mr. Martin. Trade is likely to be at the top of the agenda. Ottawa has recently warned that it may impose tariffs on American imports in retaliation for American duties on Canadian products, especially softwood lumber. Conservative MP Bill Casey (Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) is hoping the talks may also include action on customs clearance at the airport. Air travellers at Halifax International cannot now be pre-cleared by U.S. Customs before boarding planes for American airports, as travellers can at many Canadian airports. On Wednesday, Mr. Casey asked Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan to try to get the issue onto the agenda for Mr. Martin's meeting with Mr. Bush. He said she told him that she's working on the file with American officials. source: halifax chronicle herald 25/11/04
well, in a flurry of closing streets, restricting air space at halifax int'l airport and the downtown waterfront, racing black SUV's, helicopters flying overhead, protesters, and protesters protesting the protesters...dubya was here and gone... it seems, the biggest complaint of nova scotioners, even though the reason for the most powerful man on earth comin for a visit was to thank atlantic canadians in 'america's hour of need', was that the speech between president bush and PM martin was by invitation only. and most of the invitees were polititians, and business leaders. the people who opened their doors and accepted those stranded strangers were not in attendance (with the exception of a very few priviledged!) as for the speech itself, it was pretty good...bush seems to be easing up a bit on ally nations, and taking a more relaxed position regarding foriegn policy, however, his stance on foreign policy seems to be unshaken. bush let his sence of humour shine through when he stated he wanted to thank 'jean poutine' for his endorsment in the 2000 elections (funny story). also, his one liners... ***two prosperous, independant nations...joined together for the return of the NHL *** i had canadian beef lastnight...and i'm still standing. bush also scored points when he quoted former PM mackenzie L king (from his speech declaring canada will go to war) ...To remain on the defensive is the surest way to bring the war to Canada. Of course, we should look to our defences; we should protect our coasts; we should strengthen our ports and our cities against attack. But we must also take our full part in the combat, we must go out to meet the enemy before he reaches our shores; we must, if we can, defeat him before he attacks us, before our cities are laid waste... however, bush lost a few points when he brought up the ballistic missile defence program. this is a super touchy subject in canada...having american missiles on the soil of a country that is best known as peacekeepers may piss alot of canucks off, and the liberals have to be careful when it's a minority government, but, as our esteemed PM says: canada will do whatever is neccesay to ensure the sovergnty of this nation, and protect it's borders and citizens. so, it looks like a wait-n-see attitude will be taken.