McKenna, The Hon. Frank
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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. A discussion of education, the economy and our environment. A move towards thinking about these issues globally; competing internationally; opening trading relationships; undertaking more innovation and research and development; making quality; enhancing our environment; redirecting our resources; striving for excellence in learning. Under the heading "Education, Training and Literacy" the following topics are discussed: the negative relationship between the amount of money spent, and the results; the shortage of scientists and engineers wihtin the next 5 to 10 years; the increase in lawyers and MBAs; encouraging math and science skills, especially in women; developing teacher skills; empowering teachers; improving the drop-out rate; tackling illiteracy; some innovations in New Brunswick; some statistics from the business community and the service sector; responding to changes; improving private sector training, especially in the areas of new technologies, communications and leadership skills. Under the heading "Economic Competitiveness" the speaker discusses: the current status and history or Canada's economic state; warnings from the Canadian Manufacturers' Association; new ways, approaches and priorities to move forward in international trade; new program in industry and research communities; a decline in the importance of natural resources to our economy; some examples of investment in research and development; adding value; changes in small business; securing new foreign markets; problems with labour; government costs; how to streamline; legislation; improving our capacity to change quickly and competitively. The discussion about the environment includes: making the protection of the environment a top priority; current interests and government activity; taking a global perspective; hopes for the future.