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Despite similar and serious economic problems, Britain seen as on the road to economic recovery. Remarks about the speaker's profession as a diplomat. A description of what a diplomat does; some of the problems involved; some of the technical skills required; the need for different skills in different countries. Examples of how, why, and when diplomatists are necessary. Some remarks about Canadian diplomatists. The relevance of the discussion to Canadian/British relations. The "delicate" problems of the constitution; such problems resolved. The need to concentrate now on other aspects: trade; cultural collaboration; student exchanges. The more fragile and delicate relationship now between Canada and Britain. The importance of the Canada/British relationship.