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As Obama Departs for First Official Trip Abroad, Canada Mired in Economic Woes

President Barack Obama makes his first foreign trip to Canada on Thursday. NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden reports on what items top Canadians' agenda, including trade and the economy.

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  • DRAGOS CHRISTIA:

    There is a saying here that, you know, we're living near an elephant and we have to do well with the elephant. And if the elephant does well, we do well, too. So if the economy in the U.S. is turning around, then the economy in Canada is going to follow.

  • TOM BEARDEN:

    Because the Canadian economy is so intertwined with the U.S., there is intense interest in the stimulus package that recently emerged from Congress.

  • LARRY DUKE:

    You know, it would be nice if I could get some answers. And as of now, there isn't any clear plan as to, you know, what's going to happen. So I'm sitting and I'm waiting and I'm listening and I'm hoping.