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Bush, Clinton to speak at Surrey Economic Summit

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be the featured speakers at the Surrey Regional Economic Forum next fall, the city has announced.

The former U.S. presidents will appear together at the fourth annual forum, scheduled for Oct. 2011.

"The United States is the largest economy in the world, Canada's biggest trading partner and the single largest market for British Columbia businesses," Surrey councillor and forum co-chair Linda Hepner stated in a press release. "Having President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush with us in 2011 will give our conference participants an opportunity to hear from two unique leaders who have played major roles in shaping events over the past 20 years in the United States and abroad. As a result, their perspectives on the new realities facing the United States and the world’s major economies will be invaluable."

The summit has become a big part of the city's brand, said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts in the same release. Previous speakers and presenters have included Tony Blair, Rudy Giuliani and Steve Forbes.

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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