So this is yet one more debt that we owe the people of Canada.In addition, a true friend and a member of my team who has been with me every step of the way -- he is from Toronto and Victoria, and also a frequent golf partner, Marvin Nicholson. And then we’d finish off the night with a double-double. This visit has been a celebration of the values that we share.So as you can see, they’ve infiltrated all of our ranks. And everywhere we went, the Canadian people made us feel right at home. But I had to draw the line at getting milk out of a bag — this, we Americans do not understand. We, as a peoples, are committed to the principles of equality and opportunity — the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it if you try, no matter what the circumstances of your birth, in both of our countries.

And we went to Burlington and -- this is always tough -- Mississauga. After all, where else could a boy born in Calgary grow up to run for president of the United States?

Where else would we see a community like Cape Breton, Nova Scotia welcoming Americans if the election does not go their way? On a serious note, this visit reminds us of what we love about Canada.

And to the great credit of their people, Canadians from British Columbia to New Brunswick have, so far, rejected the idea of building a wall to keep out your southern neighbours. It’s the solidarity shown by so many Canadians after 9/11 when they welcomed stranded American travellers into their homes.

And tonight, I want to recognize two people who mean so much to me and Michelle and our family.

First of all, my wonderful brother-in-law, originally from Burlington, Ontario -- Konrad Ng.

This is actually an interesting story, though, that I was not aware of — Konrad indicated to me when we saw each other this afternoon that part of the reason his family was able to immigrate to Canada was because of policies adopted by Justin’s father.

And so had that not happened, he might not have met my sister, in which case, my lovely nieces might not have been born.

WASHINGTON — A text of remarks by President Barack Obama at Thursday's state dinner at the White House: OBAMA: Good evening, everybody. On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House as we host Prime Minister Trudeau, Mrs. If things get out of hand, remember that the Prime Minister used to work as a bouncer. And he was hosted by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. “Tonight, we’ll dispense with the formalities,” President Nixon said, “I’d like to propose a toast to the future Prime Minister of Canada — Justin Pierre Trudeau.” He was four months at the time.

Gregoire-Trudeau and the Canadian delegation for the first official visit and state dinner with Canada in nearly 20 years. All these years later, the prediction has come to pass. Prime Minister, after today, I think it’s fair to say that, here in America, you may well be the most popular Canadian named Justin.

Forty-four years ago, President Nixon made a visit to Ottawa.

I said this morning that Americans and Canadians are family.