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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 22, 2008

President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Harper of Canada at APEC
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
Lima, Peru

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8:17 A.M. (Local)

PRESIDENT BUSH: I'm pleased to be with a good friend and a strong leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It's been a joy to work with you. And we've accomplished a lot together, relations between the United States and Canada are strong -- sometimes complicated, but nevertheless based on common values. I appreciate your candor, your strength of character and your consistent philosophy. So I'm looking forward to good discussions. I'm looking forward to this APEC -- I think it's very important for us to continue to work together during the time of economic turmoil.

President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada smile for the cameras during a greeting Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, prior to the their meeting in Lima, Peru. White House photo by Eric Draper I want to thank you for coming to Washington last weekend and thank you for your solid contributions.

PRIME MINISTER HARPER: Well, I appreciate that, Mr. President, and I've appreciated the candor of our relationship, I've appreciated your openness. We've had many things we've agreed on and a few we haven't, but you've always been willing to listen. And Laureen and I certainly wish Laura and you all the best if I don't see you again before the 20th of January.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Before forced retirement. (Laughter.)

END 8:18 A.M. (Local)

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