April 7, 1987 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Gerald Augustine Regan

Mr. Reagan:

I also wanted to time this trip after March so people would not think that these state visits are just an excuse for Prime Minister Mulroney and me to celebrate St. Patrick's Day together.
On each of these occasions I have been struck by how much our two nations have in common. Despite our many important differences, you see the similarities of our national characters in, among other things, the sports we share; hockey, baseball, football-with some modifications-and that fourth sport which seems to be as popular on both sides of the 49th parallel, giving a hard time to political leaders of Irish descent.

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