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The White House South Lawn became a stage for a festive celebration of renewed relations between Canada and the U.S. Thursday morning, as the leaders of both countries sought to leverage the brief overlap between their time in office into a deep, structural shift in the relationship.
During a welcome ceremony, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared Canada-U.S. relations reborn after years of tension under Stephen Harper over the Keystone pipeline and ahead of the November presidential election in the U.S.
“It’s about time, eh?” said Obama at a podium beside Trudeau, referring to the last time a state...