Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden Meets with PM Stephen Harper before FIFA Final

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden Meets with PM Stephen Harper before FIFA Final

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U.S. VP Joe Biden meets Harper before FIFA final

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VANCOUVER - American Vice-President Joe Biden paid homage to the close ties between the United States and Canada during a trip north of the border to take in the FIFA Women's World Cup final in Vancouver.

"Canada is the most reliably certain and consequential ally we have," Biden said, minutes before a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday.

"You're not supposed to say that, but Canada is an incredible, incredible ally."

Biden and Harper were slated to discuss global security issues and ongoing instability in the global economy during Sunday's meeting, said an official from the Prime Minister's Office. The meeting was to include a discussion of the threat posed by ISIS.

The vice-president arrived into the Vancouver airport earlier that day with his wife and two grandchildren to rousing cheers of "U-S-A!" from a welcoming crowd, many of whom sported red, white and blue in anticipation of the afternoon's soccer game. …

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