Vladimir Putin

McLellan, The Hon. Anne

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. The speaker's perspective on issues as a representative of the government and the cabinet from Western Canada. A brief reflection on the country's expanding power base, on the fact that the West is assuming an increasingly important economic role in Canada's federation, and what that means for the governance of Canada and our choices. Some of the speaker's challenges as Minister of Justice in respect to some of these challenges. Comments on the national economy. Canadians feeling optimistic again. How Canada got to its current economic situation. The economy of the West of Canada, and how it has outpaced the rest of the country. Some economic facts and figures. The West, not just growing but diversifying, with illustration. Indicators of the West's growing strength. Population moving westward. Evidence of a gradual economic realignment. The West's demand for greater influence in the country's affairs. The Reform Party as one manifestation of this; the speaker's argument that it is an unfortunate one, and why. Examples of the West's strong influence. Some misconceptions about the West and Westerners. Comments on Canada's criminal justice system. Profound changes in Canadian society over the past 30 years. Results of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Our justice system, slow to respond to these new realities and pressures. The position of Aboriginal peoples in their dealings with the justice system. The need to change the way our justice system operates, with illustration and suggestions for change. A new direction for justice in Canada, announced this week in the National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention. What that Strategy recognizes about Canadians. Overcoming regional differences and working in partnership. A bright new millennium for Canada.