Vladimir Putin

LeBlanc, His Excellency, The Right Honourable Roméo

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A joint meeting of The Royal Commonwealth Society and The Empire Club of Canada. A reflection of Canada's history, and the speaker's views about the nature of this country. Suggestions about our future. A discussion of the true nature of Canadians. The suggestion that often a crisis will reveal character. A look back at the greatest challenge that Canada faced in this century. Quotes from speeches given to the Empire Club 50 years ago which reflected not a garrison mentality but a generous worldwide vision. A glance at the record to see if we lived up to this description. Diefenbaker's leadership in the fight against racism in South Africa. Canada's contributions to the United Nations and NATO. Louis St. Laurent and Lester Pearson's invention of modern peacekeeping during the Suez Crisis. Canada's open arms and heart to new Canadians. Canada's social safety net. What lies behind Canada's success. The Canadian vision as expressed by the Fathers of Confederation and which still prevails. Canada's long list of Canadian heroes, and collective accomplishments. Ways of teaching Canadians more about their past. Seeing our history, in order to shape our future. Problems that Canada faces today. Living up to the best traditions of our past.