- He drew attention to the fact that Canada is the only stable and growing producer of oil, and the importance of this for continental security has been under-appreciated.
- He reminded his audience of the great efforts Canada has made in fighting terrorism since 9/11.
- Concerning border issues: "'Our border must not be seen as a fence where one country's national security stops and the other's begins. It's not like that in the real world,' he said in a prepared remarks released before the speech."
- He appealed to the prominent businessmen he was addressing to help improve poorly thought out and poorly implemented border security measures. "'And you in the American business community, who know what border disruptions could mean for business and tourist travel or for closely integrated supply chains, will be crucial in ensuring that (the measures) are implemented only in a pragmatic manner and on a realistic timetable.'''
- Canada is in Afghanistan for the right reasons and will remain until the mission is accomplished.
- On Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic: "We will defend our sovereignty over all our territory — including over the islands, waterways and resources of the High Arctic — even if that conflicts with American claims."
- Canada will continue to pay down its debt and cut taxes.
It is refreshing to see a Canadian prime minister address differences with the US without belligerence, and without giving these differences undue weight.
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