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On this day in 1943, Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Ottawa as part of the first official visit to Canada by a sitting US President. After the famous Quebec conference (which included Winston Churchill and the Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King), FDR stood at the base of the Peace Tower and addressed his “good friends and neighbours of the Dominion.” The crowd, reportedly numbering 27,000, swarmed the roof tops to get a glance.
Roosevelt, who had spent his summer childhood days at Campobello Island, New Brunswick, spoke warmly of his Canadian connections:
"Mr. King, my old friend, may I, through you, thank the people of Canada for their hospitality to all of us. Your course and mine have run so closely and affectionately during these many long years that this meeting adds another link to that chain. I have always felt at home in Canada, and you, I think, have always felt at home in the United States.”