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Bill Clinton urges 'communitarianism'

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Bill Clinton urges 'communitarianism'
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton addresses the crowd during the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 gala at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, France on May 21, 2009. The event, held each year during the Annual Cannes Film Festival, raises funds for AIDS research. (UPI Photo/David Silpa) | License Photo

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, May 29 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton told crowds in two eastern Canadian provinces there had to be more public involvement in solving the world's problems.

Clinton spoke first on Thursday in St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, and coined his own term -- communitarianism -- for personal involvement, the city's Telegram newspaper reported.

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"All of us need to think of our citizenship in terms of what we can do in our communities and halfway around the world," he said. "The truth is, cynicism and pessimism is an excuse to do nothing."

He later flew to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where his address was similar in a call for activism in such areas as AIDS and other disease prevention, poverty and inequality.

Some 3,500 people paid between $139 and $995 to hear the 62-year-old Democrat's speech, the Chronicle-Herald newspaper said.

The Washington Post said Clinton's lucrative public speaking career earned him about $10 million in 2006, 80 percent of which was donated to his charitable foundation.

Friday, Clinton was to participate in a one-hour discussion with former Republican President George W. Bush at Toronto's Air Canada Center domed stadium.

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