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5 March 2009

19 February 2009 was the 19th day of the eighth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

19 February 2009

Dr William Overall, National Director of the Global Country of World Peace in Canada, presented highlights of news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the large Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.

Extensive scientific research has documented the Maharishi Effect of rising coherence, harmony, and peace created in the collective consciousness of a nation by large groups of Yogic Flyers. The effect has been found to extend beyond national borders when the group is of sufficient size.

Following are press reports featured in Dr Overall's presentation:

The Canadian Press - 'I love this country,' says Obama as Canadians reciprocate (19 February 2009)

A joyful band of some 2,500 was camped out on Parliament Hill's front lawn waiting for a glimpse of Barack Obama. 'Why don't we go out there?' said the arriving U.S. president. 'I just want to just take a quick wave and acknowledge them.' Obama's brief, smiling salute Thursday below the Peace Tower began to erase eight years of sometimes fractious Canadian-American relations. 'I love this country and think that we could not have a better friend and ally,' Obama said at a news conference with Prime Minister Harper. 'And so I'm going to do everything that I can to make sure that our relationship is strengthened.' Both Harper and Obama suggested the neighbourhood just got friendlier. 'I expect that four years from now the U.S.-Canadian relationship will be even stronger than it is today,' said the president. The bonhomie was evident the moment Obama stepped off Air Force One and was greeted by an exuberant Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean.

From a Toronto Star report on this: In a visit designed to turn a fresh page in Canada-U.S. relations, Barack Obama singled out his northern neighbour as the first choice for a new American partnership with the world. The day was a triumph too for Prime Minister Harper. Despite differences in philosophy and style, Obama and Harper presented a common front on most issues in an expansive question-and-answer session with journalists.

The Toronto Star on Obama-Harper press conference (19 February 2009) From a transcript of a news conference held Thursday, Feb. 19 by U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as released by the White House press secretary's office:

Prime Minister Harper: We are deeply honored that he has chosen Canada for his first foreign visit since taking office. His election to the presidency launches a new chapter in the rich history of Canada-U.S. relations.

President Obama: Thank you. I came to Canada on my first trip as President to underscore the closeness and importance of the relationship between our two nations, and to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to work with friends and partners to meet the common challenges of our time. As neighbors, we are so closely linked that sometimes we may have a tendency to take our relationship for granted, but the very success of our friendship throughout history demands that we renew and deepen our cooperation here in the 21st century. We're joined together by the world's largest trading relationship and countless daily interactions that keep our borders open and secure. We are launching, as was mentioned, a new initiative to make progress on one of the most pressing challenges of our time: the development and use of clean energy. How we produce and use energy is fundamental to our economic recovery, but also our security and our planet. And we know that we can't afford to tackle these issues in isolation. The clean energy dialogue that we've established today will strengthen our joint research and development. It will advance carbon reduction technologies and it will support the development of an electric grid that can help deliver the clean and renewable energy of the future to homes and businesses, both in Canada and the United States. And through this example, and through continued international negotiations, the United States and Canada are committed to confronting the threat posed by climate change. Even the closest of neighbors need to make that effort to listen to one another, to keep open the lines of communication, and to structure our cooperation at home and around the world. That's the work that we've begun here today. I'm extraordinarily grateful to Prime Minister Harper for his hospitality, his graciousness, and his leadership. And I'm looking forward to this being the start of a continued extraordinary relationship between our two countries.

President Obama: We were talking earlier about the issue of the electric grid. The potential that exists for creating ways of delivering energy from wind and solar across vast plains to get to urban areas and populated areas is enormously promising. That's why we are investing billions of dollars to help jumpstart that process.

Prime Minister Harper: Canada and the United States are closer economically, socially, culturally, in terms of our international partnerships than any two nations on the face of the Earth—closer friends than any two nations on the face of the Earth. We can continue to show how two countries can work together in ways that pursue global cooperation and integration to mutual benefit.

The Toronto Star on new era of co-operation and friendship with Canada (19 February 2009) President Obama opened the way to a new era of co-operation and friendship with Canada in his visit to Ottawa. Obama, who was welcomed on Parliament Hill by cheering throngs of well-wishers, promised in meetings with Prime Minister Harper to steer clear of damaging U.S. trade actions and work with Ottawa to unclog the border, help the auto industry, and tackle climate change. He said he has every reason to think the relationship will continue to prosper.

The Canadian Press on Obama commits to growing trade between Canada and the United States (19 February 2009) President Obama reiterated his intention to encourage bilateral trade rather than protectionism. 'I recognize the concerns of Canada given how significant trade with the United States is to the Canadian economy,' he said. 'I provided Prime Minister Harper an assurance that I want to grow trade and not contract it.'

The Canadian Press - Obama, Harper unite on environment (19 February 2009) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama found common environmental ground Thursday, agreeing to set up a 'clean-energy dialogue' to fight climate change. 'We are establishing a U.S.-Canada clean-energy dialogue which commits senior officials from both countries to collaborate on the development of clean-energy science and technologies that will reduce greenhouse gases and combat climate change,' Harper said. Getting cabinet members and senior officials from Canada and the United States discussing where to go next is a good start, Obama said. 'This dialogue will move us in the right direction,' he said. Harper praised the new president as a leader on the issue. 'I'm quite optimistic that we now have a partner on the North American continent that will provide leadership to the world on the climate-change issue, and I think that's an important development,' Harper said.

From a Toronto Star report on this: The agreement is seen as the first step toward the eventual harmonization of Canadian and American environmental regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Canwest News Service on the rising tide (19 February 2009) Obama appeared to genuinely enjoy his time here, and those he met, including Harper and Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean, appeared to bask in the popular president's glow. 'Today is a historic day. It is the beginning of a long-term, productive relationship between Canada and the United States,' Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said.

The Canadian Press on Obama makes unscheduled stop to get things to bring back for his family (19 February 2009) At the end of his visit, President Obama took an unscheduled detour into Ottawa's Byward Market. Obama drew an enormous cheer from shoppers as he ambled among vendors buying gifts for his family. He entered Le Moulin de Provence bakery to get some Canadian cookies. The baker obliged with Maple Leaf-shaped sugar cookies. 'I figure I'd get some points from my daughters,' Obama declared. The baker refused his cash: 'It's for your daughters,' he said.

The Canadian Press on Obama, Governor General share historic encounter (19 February 2009) The first black president of the United States and Canada's first black Governor General knew theirs was a historic encounter. Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean was the first to greet Barack Obama as he stepped off Air Force One. 'You would never have imagined that you and I could both be here like today, coming from African descent,' Jean was quoted as telling the president. Jean's spokeswoman said the poignancy of the moment was not lost on either of them.

The Toronto Star on Obama's appreciation for Canadian diversity and tolerance (19 February 2009) From a transcript of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and deputy press secretary Jim Steinberg commenting aboard Air Force One Thursday night on U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Ottawa:

Deputy Secretary Steinberg: As you know, he started off with a meeting with the Governor General. They concluded with a discussion about the remarkable diversity that exists in Canada and his appreciation for the diversity and the tolerance in Canada—stuff that he'd experienced from his family and his own visits to Toronto and the like, and saw that as a great strength of the relationship and something that really united Canadians and Americans.

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