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The health of our national economy. The case for improving the savings rate in Canada: a strategic imperative to prepare ourselves sensibly for the future: a directional shift extending over the next decade or two. Canada's state of preparedness for a future fraught with uncertainty. Weaknesses of the Canadian economy: investment in research and development; the commercialization of new technologies; the area of Financial Dynamism (the many dimensions of the financial environment in which we all operate) (from the World Competitiveness Report). An old-fashioned remedy that would put us on the road to recovery: an improved national savings rate. Why this idea is a valid one. Why people are spending, not saving. Suggestions to turn this situation around, and reasons why these suggestions should be taken. What has already been done in this endeavour.