Harper, Obama again invited to tug-of-war
With planning for the next International Tug-of-War already underway, council again has endorsed “International Peaceful Borders Day” on July 2, 2013 and will have Mayor Roy Avis sign a joint letter to be sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama.
It was because of council’s good work that they got Prime Minister Harper to sign a similar proclamation last year and organizers are hoping that will be the case again this year, Shawn Mason, director of Economic and Community Development with the International Falls Economic Development Authority, said at Monday night’s meeting.
“I believe that you really have paved the way in leadership on the federal level, and I think that President Barack Obama hopefully will take suit and that he will follow your lead from 2012,” noted Mason.
She said both leaders also are being asked to attend the annual tug-of-war, or delegate someone on their behalf to participate.
“We’re hoping that that can happen,” said Mason.
“This year, we’ve set our sights high,” she added. “We believe that anything is possible.”
“Absolutely. I know that President Obama doesn’t have much on his plate right now,” chuckled Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft.
“He should probably get right on this.”
The letter to be sent to both federal leaders will be signed by Mayor Avis and Falls’ Mayor Bob Anderson.
The letter explains that International Peaceful Borders Day “is an effort to promote the cause of the peace throughout the world by celebrating the peaceful border our countries enjoy.”
“Obviously, we are all stakeholders in the cause of peace,” it reads. “However, we believe those living on international borders around the world are more intimately conscious on a day-to-day basis of the importance of peaceful borders.
“Here on our border, we are determined not to take for granted the good fortune we enjoy even while others living around the world on less peaceful borders are not so fortunate.”
The letter also noted that no armies have crossed the Canada-U.S. border since the War of 1812.