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Trip to Canada will disrupt Bush's vacation 

[PoliticsWatch updated 11:20 a.m. August 15, 2007]

U.S. President George W. Bush is at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, gearing up for next week's North American Leaders' summit  in Montebello, Quebec. 

OTTAWA  —  Next week's North American Leaders' Summit in Montebello, Quebec, has been scheduled right in the middle of U.S. President George W. Bush's annual summer down time at his Crawford, Texas, ranch.   

Bush will take a few days off from his vacation beginning next Monday to head to Canada for his meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. 

"He will return to his ranch in the afternoon on (Thursday)," White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino told reporters this week. "So he'll be working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; back to the ranch for Thursday, Friday, through the weekend; and then out again on the road the week after that." 

Bush arrived at the ranch on Monday shortly after appearing at the White House with his departing deputy chief of staff Karl Rove.  

Bush's appearance at the summit will be his first visit to Canada in three years and the first with Harper as PM. 

In the run up to next week's summit, the president will keep a low profile at the ranch. 

"I would expect no public events this week," Perino said, advising reporters to "set your expectations pretty low about details coming out of the ranch." 

However, Perino said Bush will meet with advisors who will fly down to the ranch in advance of next week's "big international trip."

When Bush isn't being prepped for the summit he will spend his time bike riding, fishing, cutting brush, exercising and being with his family at Crawford. 

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