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‘My stomach dropped’: 20 years later, former Canadian decision-makers reflect on 9/11

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Twenty years ago, David Collenette woke up at 5 a.m. to a beautiful morning in the nation’s capital.Collenette, Canada’s transportation minister at the time, flew to Montreal from Ottawa later that morning to deliver a speech at a conference filled with global airport executives.While reading his remarks, he noticed the crowd was becoming a bit uneasy; that’s when an aide passed him a note, informing him of a tragedy in New York and to quickly finish.He was briefed shortly after – a plane had flown into the World Trade Center in Manhattan.“My stomach dropped,” Collenette told Global News recently.“What I heard was that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center tower, but planes just don’t crash into buildings in Toronto, New York,.

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