Vander Zalm, The Honourable William
The speeches are free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.
A joint Dinner with The Canadian Club of Toronto. The mandate given to the speaker's government. Concerns of the voters. Activities of the British Columbia government since that mandate. An assurance that British Columbia wishes to remain part of Canada. The feeling of alienation in the province. The extent of British Columbia's commitment to confederation. Life in the Far West. Federal government's policies and their effect in the development of regional and national economies. Complaints about some of the federal government's policies and their effect on British Columbia. An exploration of specific examples. Some suggestions and recommendations to improve the situation. British Columbia's strategy for economic renewal. The need for federal assistance. Examples of unfairness in the federal government's policies. Competing with the U.S. The north/south linkage between B.C. and the Pacific Northwest including California. The importance of that link to Canada. The need to be heard at the federal level. The urgency to be able to deal fairly with the federal government, and to be dealt with fairly by the federal government.