Pres­i­dent gives shout-out to Stanstead

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While speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence dur­ing Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s visit to the United States last week , Pres­i­dent Barack Obama men­tioned the town of Stanstead, and more par­tic­u­larly the Haskell Free Li­brary, as an ex­am­ple of the friend­ship be­tween his na­tion and Canada.

“As al­ways, our work as na­tions re­mains rooted in the friend­ship of our peo­ples…Up where Derby Line, Ver­mont, meets Stanstead, Que­bec, Amer­i­cans and Cana­di­ans come to­gether at the lo­cal li­brary where the bor­der line lit­er­ally runs right across the floor. A res­i­dent of one of the bor­der towns once said ‘we’re two dif­fer­ent coun­tries but like one big town, and peo­ple are al­ways there for you’,” said the Pres­i­dent in his ad­dress which even ended with a lit­tle French: “Bien­venu mes amis.”

One of the top­ics that the Pres­i­dent and the Prime Min­is­ter dis­cussed dur­ing the visit was an agree­ment to make the Cana­dian/Amer­i­can bor­der more open and more se­cure.

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