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Clinton coming to Winnipeg

Former secretary of state to deliver keynote speech

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This article was published 1/12/2014 (2049 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

She could make history in 2016 as the first woman to be elected U.S. president.

And she's coming to Winnipeg.

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Hillary Clinton is coming to Winnipeg in January, around the time she is expected to make her presidential intentions known.


olivier douliery / abaca press Files Hillary Clinton is coming to Winnipeg in January, around the time she is expected to make her presidential intentions known.


Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic party presidential nomination in the 2016 election, will deliver the keynote address at an event at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre on Jan. 21.

'My doctrine is the Goldilocks doctrine ‐ not too hot, not too cold, just right'‐ former U.S. senator Hillary Clinton

Her speech will be part of the Global Perspectives series, which is sponsored by CIBC.

In addition to already being on the campaign trail, Clinton is touring in support of a new book, Hard Choices, which chronicles her work to "restore America's leadership" after eight years under the George W. Bush administration.

Clinton has spoken several times in Canada since stepping down as secretary of state in early 2013. In October, she told an Ottawa crowd military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria is essential to stop the growth of IS outside the region. She also spoke in Toronto in June as part of the promotional tour for her memoir, Hard Choices. And in March in Montreal, she criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and Ukraine and said Canada has a key role to play in deterring further aggression.

Clinton tends to generate headlines whenever she speaks. For example, explaining to the New York Times on how she does business: "I choose my cards. I play them to the best of my ability. Move on to the next hand."

To the Atlantic, she explained how she lives her life: "My doctrine is the Goldilocks doctrine -- not too hot, not too cold, just right."

And on being a woman: "I am a woman and, like millions of women, I know there are still barriers and biases out there, often unconscious, and I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us."

And showing a lighter side: "If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle."

Getting Clinton to speak here is not going to be cheap for organizers. According to a story in the Washington Post, officials at the University of California at Los Angeles recently finalized a deal with her to speak on campus for the "special university rate" of $300,000.

Since stepping down as secretary of state nearly two years ago, Clinton has made dozens of paid appearances across the U.S. at industry conventions, universities and Wall Street banks. Her fees are often funnelled through to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the family's non-profit group.

(Her focus at the foundation includes working on behalf of women and girls, supporting early-childhood development and helping young people develop the skills they need to find good jobs.)

It's not uncommon for celebrity speakers to make special requests for food and drink, and Clinton is apparently no exception. Her list reportedly includes a case of still water (room temperature) to be deposited stage right; a carafe of warm/hot water, coffee cup and saucer, pitcher of room-temperature water, water glass, and lemon wedges to be situated both on a table on stage as well as in another room where she would stand for photos with VIPs.

Other requests reportedly include:

-- Long, flat pillows for back support.

-- A lavalier mike so she can give TED-like lectures.

-- Coffee, tea, room-temperature sparkling and still water, diet ginger ale, crudité, hummus and sliced fruit in the green room.

-- A computer, mouse, printer and a scanner.

This won't be the first time the U.S. Secret Service has worked a Winnipeg event involving a high-powered politician. Clinton's husband, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, spoke at a $1,100-per-plate dinner here in 2003 as well as another event at the Winnipeg Concert Hall. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at the convention centre in early 2011.

Clinton finished second to U.S. President Barack Obama in 2008 in the Democratic nomination race.



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