Media Advisory - Peter Mansbridge speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama in a Canadian exclusive; tonight on CBC News: The National

    TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Two days before his first foreign visit since
being sworn in, U.S. President Barack Obama today spoke with CBC News chief
correspondent Peter Mansbridge.
    Speaking from the White House in his first Canadian interview as
President, Obama discussed issues ranging from his strategy for Afghanistan,
the potential impact of the U.S. stimulus bill on Canada, NAFTA, Canada's oil
sands and the environment.
    When Mansbridge tackled the issue of the Afghanistan mission and
addressed Prime Minister Harper's plans to pull out of combat by the year
2011, Obama said that he hopes conversations with Harper result in the two
"seeing the importance of a comprehensive strategy," to solve the problems in
    Canadians can watch this exclusive interview tonight on CBC NEWS: THE
NATIONAL. Tonight's broadcast comes from Washington, airing on CBC Television
at 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. NT) and on CBC Newsworld at 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT. The
interview will be streamed live at 9 p.m. ET on

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