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Ambassador Wants Canadians To Get To Florida In Time For Lunch

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Ambassador Gary Doer  (Photo credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

Ambassador Gary Doer (Photo credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Canada’s ambassador is urging the United States to expand the preclearance of tourists from his country so they can get to Florida in time to have a beer at lunch.

Ambassador Gary Doer said on Tuesday that more preclearance “will mean more tourists having more beer earlier.”

The wisecracking ambassador also touted a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the United States at an international trade gathering sponsored by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Doer took a playful shot at pipeline foe Darryl Hannah. He noted he was on a panel in Copenhagen with the actress who says she’s completely off fossil fuels.

The ambassador then wondered how long her kayak ride was from Hollywood to Denmark.

President Barack Obama has rejected the pipeline at least for now.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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