Vladimir Putin

Miller, The Honourable Frank

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Address given on the day that Prime Minister Trudeau would hold a nationally televised press conference to announce his proposals for bringing home the constitution, and the day that the Federal Energy Minister Marc Lalonde and Alberta Energy Minister Merv Leitch meet to work out an energy-pricing formula. The two events were ironic: the failure of the eleven First Ministers to agree on a new constitution juxtaposed with an economic success. The issue of regional desires vs. the needs of Canada. A brief historical review of what holds Canada together. The problems involved in holding together such a large and regionally disparate country. The struggle for power. The rights of the federal and provincial governments in terms of revenue sharing. Suggestions for a united nation.