Reagan meets with Mulroney in Quebec city

News 17 March, 2018
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    Saturday, 17 march 2018 22:00

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    Proud of their origins, the american president Ronald Reagan and the canadian prime minister met in Quebec, march 17, 1985, on the occasion of St. Patrick’s day.

    During what has been dubbed the Summit of the Irish, the two men needed to discuss acid rain, security, in addition to starting the discussions on the free trade.

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    Their wives, Nancy and Mila were in the company. “We are more than friends, neighbours and allies, we are parents who have established the relationship the more productive between the two countries,” said Reagan on arrival. The two heads of State went so far as to sing together the hymn ‘ When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, at the Grand Theatre !

    The times are changing

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    The american delegation was composed of 800 persons, one of Canada 700. Sign that times are changing, a member of the office of Brian Mulroney stated ” it will cost what it cost “, when questioned about the expenditures by journalists.

    There were three other official visits of the presidents of the United States to Quebec, the most recent being that of George W. Bush, in 2001, in the framework of the Summit of the Americas. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was involved in the two Quebec Conferences in 1943 and 1944, with its vis-à-vis the british, Winston Churchill.

    Text and research : Martin Lavoie and Stéphane Doré