W's First Post-Presidental Speech Is In The Houston Of Canada

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George W. Bush's office has announced his first public appearance since January 20, and it's in the place most people consider to be the Houston of the North -- Calgary.

Calgary, and the surrounding province of Alberta, is oil land and politically conservative. Lots of oil execs shuttle back and forth between the two cities.

"Alberta's a very conservative province and he's certainly seen as friendly to the oil industry," David Taras, a political analyst at the University of Calgary, told the Calgary Herald. "He's choosing a safe place to go test his image."

The reaction of Canada's prime minister was pretty good:

Asked whether he welcomes Bush's visit to Calgary, Premier Ed Stelmach's response was curt before leaving a media conference Thursday.

"He's a free man, can travel to any country he wants," the premier said.

Say hello from Texas, W.

-- Richard Connelly

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