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Some fundamental questions for Canada. What is Canada committed to as a nation that sets it apart from others? What do we offer those who live here, who do business here, who build their lives here that is unique and special and important? What is the qualitative difference that we bring to this country, to the quality of life and the personal prospects of twenty-six million Canadians that could not be brought to them some other way? The speaker asserts that "we do have historically in this country, the basis for a very unique approach to capitalism, to quality of life, that is product of who we are, where we have come from, and what we share." A detailed discussion of this assertion follows, addressing many issues such as how we view government, the role of Crown Corporations, our federal-provincial system, multiculturalism, etc. A time for a new spirit of optimism and determination committed to shaping the new society of fresh re-Confederation.