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Hillary Clinton gets warm welcome in Vancouver

Canada and the U.S. have a good relationship – “except for hockey” – and should co-operate on climate change initiatives, Hillary Clinton told a Vancouver crowd in a speech that resulted in two standing ovations on Wednesday night.

Clinton made the comments in an address and interview with former Premier of New Brunswick Frank McKenna at a Vancouver Board of Trade event held by its Women’s Leadership Circle.

Her star power as former Secretary of State, Senator from New York, former First Lady and potential 2016 presidential candidate drew a well-heeled crowd (tickets started at $150) – most in high heels, with women making up the majority of the 2,800 person audience – for the largest event in the Board of Trade’s 127-year history. (Yes, bigger than the two Board of Trade events featuring her husband, former President Bill Clinton.)

When McKenna asked whether the States would consider forming a group with Canada to work on climate change initiatives and targets so neither economy is hurt, she responded she would “personally convey” the idea to leaders in Washington.

But Clinton wouldn’t comment on the Keystone pipeline, saying it would be inappropriate as she helped put the review process in place.

It was the only awkward moment – the audience bristled when McKenna said Canada was “hurt” Keystone hadn’t yet been approved – in an impeccably delivered speech that Clinton didn’t appear to read.

Clinton also advocated for a north-south energy strategy, slammed the lack of compromise in American politics and said she doesn’t want to see Russia stay in Crimea, though it will be difficult to find a solution.

“I don’t want to see happen to Ukraine what happened to Georgia,” she said.

Clinton provided more than enough fodder for those speculating she’ll run for president.

In her speech about advancing the rights of women and girls, she mentioned female presidents around the world as “inspiring” leaders.

Achieving equality for women is “the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said, adding all women need is an opportunity to make peace or participate in the economy to improve a country’s situation.

She also offered advice to young women as they try to break ceilings. First, “grow skin like a rhinoceros,” and second, “accept criticism seriously but not personally.”

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