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Some personal reminiscences and history of the speaker. Factors in the success in life's journey. Focussing on ethical values and more specifically the critical importance of high ethical values in the people chosen for leadership positions in our country. The importance of strong Canadian-headquartered enterprises and the importance of building a company upon a foundation of strong ethical values. Similar importance for countries. Canadian values. Values under threat. A discussion about corruption and its impact. The world corruption index. A discussion about the increase in corruption over time in Canada. Consequences of corruption. Some illustrative examples. What concerned Canadians can do. Getting the behaviour we demonstrate. The importance of confidence in integrity in business and government. Some sad and counterproductive examples from Canada in recent times. Moving forward. Learning to preserve the best of values in Canada. Core values that honour freedom. Multiculturalism - focussing on the core values which led Canadians from so many countries to choose Canada to build their future. How to rally Canadians around values that unite us.