North American Summit: Obama says U.S., Canada need to ‘lead the way’

OTTAWA, June 29 (UPI) — President Barack Obama addressed Canada’s House of Commons Wednesday afternoon, during which he touted the North American leaders summit and said the United States and Canada must work together to set a progressive example for the rest of the world.

Obama’s remarks came at the end of Wednesday’s summit, which included meetings among the American president, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The three leaders addressed a number of issues at the summit, including global security, energy, climate change and trade.

“People of Canada, thank you for this extraordinary welcome, which tempts me to just shut up and leave,” Obama said, which drew a chorus of laughter from the Canadian Parliament.

“My time in office may be nearing an end but I know that Canada and the world will benefit from your leadership for years to come,” Obama told Trudeau, whose nation hosted this year’s summit in Ottawa.

Obama’s speech followed a joint news conference among the three leaders earlier Wednesday.

“Cooperation pays off. Working together always beats going alone,” Trudeau had said.

“We’re going back to Mexico with memories of the warm welcome that the Canadian people showed us in Quebec, Toronto and Ottawa,” Nieto added.

Obama also met privately with Nieto before the two held a joint news conference.

The meet, known informally as the “Three Amigos” summit, produced common ground on several issues. Among them, was a pledge from Trudeau to strengthen his nation’s energy ties with Mexico.

Toward the end of his speech, Obama said the Canadian and U.S. governments must work together to “lead the way” on various matters.

“Let’s stay true to the values that make us who we are — Canadians and Americans, allies and friends. Now and forever,” he said.

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