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Schwarzenegger Touches Down In T.O.

Tuesday May 29, 2007
Who knows if the last time Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Toronto he delivered his trademark Terminator 2 line, "I'll be back," but if he did, he wasn't lying.
California Governor Schwarzenegger kicked off a three-day visit to Canada Tuesday to sign agreements on climate change and stem cell research and the bodybuilder-turned-movie-star-turned-politician is also leading a delegation of business executives on his first official visit to Canada as leader of North America's biggest sub-economy. Schwarzenegger touched down in T.O. late in the afternoon, where he was greeted at Pearson International Airport by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
There's a lot on the agenda for his high-profile trip, including plans for the two leaders to sign a deal to fight climate change, though Ontario won't adopt California's rigid rules requiring cars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, considering the Golden State has roughly as many people as there are in all of Canada. It's also an about face, since it was the Governator who popularized the gas-guzzling Hummers just a few years back.
Schwarzenegger and McGuinty will also sign a $30 million memorandum of understanding to increase stem cell research.
On a completely unrelated topic, the two also have a bet over the outcome of the Stanley Cup final between the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks. After his brief stop in Ontario's capital, the former action star will head to the nation's capital to visit Prime Minister Harper in Ottawa Wednesday, before flying to Vancouver for meetings with B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell.
And people at every stop are excited. Crews were out in full force Tuesday morning making sure the Queen's Park grounds were in tip-top shape.
"Obviously there's a notoriety around Schwarzenegger that is enormous but I rather suspect that any governor of California that was working with the premier of the province of Ontario is going to be a very noteworthy thing in all instances," Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman admitted.
But Ontario's Conservative leader John Tory disagrees, insisting the whole visit is merely a ploy for the Liberals to win votes.
"I don't think a visit by the Terminator is going to change the fundamental reality which is we have not seen results from Dalton McGuinty," Tory said.

Either way, one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that Schwarzenegger is a political force to be reckoned with.
"He absolutely knows how to sell, he's an actor," offered political strategist John Duffy. "Give him his lines, he delivers them with passion and conviction."
Schwarzenegger's Toronto Itinerary

Tuesday
4:15pm - Official Airport Greeting, Greater Toronto Airports Authority's Three Bay Hangar, 6085 Midfield Road
5:20pm - Special Olympics Jersey Unveiling, Churchill Ballroom, Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West
5:40 pm - Media Availability, Churchill Ballroom
6:20 pm - California Wine Announcement and Promotion, Liquor Control Board, 2 Cooper Street
6:50 pm - Supermarket Visit To Promote California Products, Dominion Supermarket, 1000 Lynn Williams Street
7:30pm - California Innovation Reception, Artifacts Room, The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, Exhibition Place, 25 British Columbia Road

Wednesday 10:15am -Meeting with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty at Premier's Office, Queen's Park. Topic: ways in which Californiaand Ontariocan work together to combat climate change.
10:30am - Memorandum of Understanding Signing with McGuinty, Queen's Park. The document outlines how Californiaand Ontariowill be working together to fight climate change.
11:15am - Dr. John Dick's Lab Facility Tour, TorontoMedicalDiscoveryTower, College Street. Tour a stem cell research facility.
11:30am - Press Conference, MaRS Discovery District, College Street. Schwarzenegger will discuss Californiaand Canada's leadership and cooperation on Stem Cell Research.
1pm -TorontoEconomic Club Luncheon, Ballroom of The Sheraton Centre. Remarks to Toronto Economic Club Luncheon, Receive Newsmaker of the Year award.
4:30pm- Flies to Ottawafor private meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
 

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You going to get to see him and press the flesh.

Run up to him and give him a groin kick and call him a girlie man. I dare you. :happy:
 

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I have a meeting near him tomorrow. I'll at least yell "Who is your Daddy and what does he do?" for ya. (I forget the movie) Apparently his got a big entourage of Suburbans.
 
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