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For Obama: Tips on visiting Canada

I recently wrote about Obama's upcoming visit to Canada: 

TORONTO – Sometimes, the depth of a friendship can be gauged with a silly question.

The Canadian polling firm Angus Reid tried to do exactly that with recent surveys on both sides of the 49th parallel. It asked Canadians and Americans which citizens in the world would be most willing to rescue them from a deserted island. Canadians picked Americans as their number one choice. Americans chose Canadians.

Despite a long history of policy differences and trade disputes, it seems Americans and Canadians trust no one more than each other. When all is said and done, it’s perhaps this underlying trust that above all has U.S. President Barack Obama landing in Ottawa Feb. 19 for his first foreign trip. 

Read the rest of my dispatch, including pointers for Obama, here