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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto.
Some employment figures, and other indicators of Canada's economy today. The speaker's conviction that he and his party are "here to cure Canada's economic problems." Setting things right, first by understanding what has gone wrong. Addressing the question on two levels: "first, to identify what has gone wrong and how it can be set right; and then to suggest why the nature of the present government made those mistakes almost inevitable." A critical government review follows. Several topics are covered including the following. The three fundamental policy mistakes that have "deeply aggravated Canada's economic problems." What a new government could do to restore confidence. Proposals and goals. Changes that would move the nation toward economic recovery. The Canadian malaise and reasons for it. The failure of the national government of the day to understand the nation that Canada has become. Some comforting clichés. The need to re-examine those clichés. The nature of Canada and Canadians. The Canadian government out of step with Canada and its people. Making a point about the role of governments. Two things happening in Canada that the speaker feels are dangerous. What Canada needs in terms of government. A solution that the speaker doesn't think will be accepted. Taking a direction that should be encouraging Canadians to move towards accomplishment and ambition. Living in a land of boundless hope.