Quote from US President Joe Biden’s speech to Congress


US President Joe Biden addressed Canadian MPs in the House of Representatives on Friday, in his first visit to Ottawa since taking office in 2021.

Here are some excerpts from his speech.


“No two countries on Earth have such close ties, friendships, families, commerce and cultures. Our labor unions cross borders. Our sports leagues. Me too Baseball, basketball, hockey… I have to say, I like your teams except the Leafs… I’ll tell you why They beat the Flyers (Philadelphia) in January. That’s why. And if I don’t say it — I’m married to a Philly girl — If I don’t say it I’ll sleep alone Guys, I like you, but Not much.”


“In war and in peace, we have been the stronghold of liberty, defending the fundamental freedoms that give meaning to our lives. We are pleased to assume the responsibility of global leadership. because we understand all that is at risk to Canadians and Americans alike when freedom is under attack anywhere in the world.Today, our fates are tied. And they’re inseparable. Not because of geographic necessity, but because it’s a choice. A choice that we’ve made, over and over. United States of America. link our future with Canada because we know we won’t find a better partner I want to say this from the bottom of my heart: there is no more reliable ally, no And today, I tell you, and to all Canadians, that you will always, always, always be able to count on the United States of America.”

Facing the FUTURE

“Together, we’ve built a partnership that is an incredible advantage for both countries. That doesn’t mean we never disagree, as any two countries do from time to time. When we disagree, we resolve our differences in friendship and in goodwill, because we both understand that our interests are fundamentally aligned. We stand at this inflection point in history… where the decisions we make in the years to come, will determine the course of the world for decades to come. It happens every five years or six. generation, but we are at that point. Nothing gives me greater confidence in the future, the candidate that connects understanding, and the United States still standing together.”


“The Inflation Reduction Act… represents the single largest commitment to tackling climate in our history — in fact, the largest investment in human history. And it will spur clean energy investment around the world. And obviously, including explicitly tax credits for electric vehicles assembled in Canada — acknowledging our auto industry and how our workers are connected I’m the most pro-union president America has ever talked to a lot of people Canada’s union members Look, here’s a model future partnership, with both our countries investing domestically to strengthen our industrial facilities, ensuring that products manufactured in North America are not only made but also the best products in the world, you know, we’re going to strengthen our shared commitment, to act for the climate, and to grow the foundation our economy.”


“We are also a country in the Arctic. We both recognize the vital importance of this region for our collective security and the interests of other nations that suddenly emerge in the Arctic. The Arctic We are working closely to manage and protect the northernmost region of our world And we as the nations of the United States have invested deeply in ensuring that the Western Hemisphere is peaceful, prosperous, and prosperous. prosperity, democracy and safety. And that starts with a commitment to protect our own people and sovereign territory. Norad is the only dual-citizen to command the military in the world… , in a way, our partnership is special, it’s an incredible symbol of the trust we have in each other and the trust we place in each other’s abilities.”


“The incredible diversity that defines each of our countries is our strength. And Prime Minister Trudeau, and I know this is a belief that you and I share, we both built government. like America and like Canada I’m so proud that we both have a closet filled with 50% women for the first time in history Even if you don’t agree, I’ll stand up We pulled out Because the bottom line is: We make it easier for historically underrepresented and underserved communities to dream, create, and succeed, we build a future better future for all its people.”


“In just a few days, NASA will announce an international team of astronauts will carry out the Artemis II mission. The first human journey to the moon since the Apollo mission ended more than 50 years ago will be consisting of three Americans and one Canadian. We chose to go back to the moon together — we went back to the moon together. And from there, we headed to Mars and the infinite possibilities beyond. And here on Earth, our kids watching that flight will learn the names of those new pioneers, who will be the ones to take us into the future we hope to see. build.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 24, 2023.

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