Clinton credited those involved in the development of the treaty for having the vision to recognize the need for both countries to be good stewards of those precious resources. She noted the treaty has established a greater sense of cooperation between both countries.
“I just want to recognize the significance of this extraordinary moment in time,” Clinton said. “The friendship between the
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people of the United States and Canada is the strongest in the world. There is no border that is longer and more peaceful; there is no greater trade between two nations. There are so many values that we share in common, and today we celebrate a treaty that helped to make this friendship possible 100 years ago.”
During the ceremony, Clinton also called for both countries to recommit to strengthening their partnership in other areas, including commerce, citizen safety and defense.
“Our soldiers are serving shoulder-to-shoulder in Afghanistan,” she said. “And we share a commitment to promoting democracy, good governance and human rights worldwide. So our comprehensive alliance in the 21st century will move us even closer together as we collaborate to improve conditions not only in our own countries, but across the world.”
Mayor Paul Dyster said Saturday’s ceremony and other events tied the Boundary Waters centennial celebration serve as a reminder of the spirit of cooperation that has existed between the two countries for the past 100 years and demonstrates how important it will be for the United States and Canada to remain partners in the future.
“We who live our lives every day in sight of the border and of this great Niagara River must be especially careful never to take for granted the things that are most precious to us: the abundance of fresh water with which we have been blessed; the clean, renewable energy that it allows us to produce; and the love and friendship of our neighbors across the river,” Dyster said.