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<p>Vancouver welcomed Bill Clinton with an 1,800-strong standing ovation yesterday. And, yes, the former U.S. president returned the love during his 40-minute speech at the Centre for Performing Arts.</p>




Rafe Arnott/Metro Vancouver


Former U.S. president Bill Clinton greets fans outside the Centre for Performing Arts following his speech downtown yesterday. He also signed books and photos of himself.





Vancouver welcomed Bill Clinton with an 1,800-strong standing ovation yesterday. And, yes, the former U.S. president returned the love during his 40-minute speech at the Centre for Performing Arts.



People always ask me what other job I’d like to try, Clinton said. "Driving around today it came to me: Mayor of Vancouver."



Representing the Pacific Economic Forum and invited by the Vancouver Board of Trade, Clinton spoke about global warming and the economic opportunities for corporations willing to change business models.



Clenching his jaw and lowering his eyes, Clinton said going green and reducing carbon footprints doesn’t have to cost money or mean job losses.



Producing cement creates huge carbon footprints, he said, but environmentally friendlier composite materials are available.



Following the speech, Clinton was asked about border lineups caused by increased security regulations implemented by the U.S.



Trade possibilities between our two countries are staggering, Clinton said.



He added al Qaeda is still active, which justifies increased security, but it must be balanced so as to not appear xenophobic.



"(Al Qaeda) never do the same thing twice. While you’re busy fixing one problem they have exposed, they move to exploit another."



Clinton kept U.S. Secret Service agents on their toes — as he’s known to do — by shaking hands and embracing some of the hundreds of passionate fans who swarmed the 42nd president as he exited the building.



 
 
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