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The Last Visit

Planned to the minute

Every detail of Prime Minister Chretien's visit to Washington was planned to the minute in President Clinton's schedule.

President Clinton's Schedule
President Clinton's Schedule

Click here for President Clinton's schedule on April 8, 1997

To look forward we look back. The last time a Canadian Prime Minister was hosted for an Official Dinner was on April 8, 1997. Prime Minister Chretien joined President Clinton at the White House.


One-on-one meeting

In advance of the evening's festivities, Prime Minister Chretien and President Clinton got down to business discussing the issues facing Canada and the United States in the Oval Office.

Prime Minister Chretien and President Clinton in the Oval Office
President Clinton and Prime Minister Chretien speak in the Rose Garden


Rose Garden Press Conference

Following their tête-à-tête meeting, the leaders gave remarks and responded to media questions in the Rose Garden.

Click here to read the leaders' remarks during that press conference


North Portico Greeting

On arrival back at the White House for dinner, the Chretiens were greeted by President Clinton and the First Lady at the North Portico.

The Chretiens are greeted by the Clintons at the North Portico
Prime Minister Chretien and President Clinton greet guests at the official dinner.


The Receiving Line

Before guests entered the State Dining Room, they were announced and greeted by President Clinton, Prime Minister Chretien, Hillary Clinton, and Aline Chretien.

Click here for the full guest list of the last dinner.



As the dinner got underway, Prime Minister Chretien and President Clinton offered toasts to the Canada/U.S. relationship.

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