Vladimir Putin

Ramphal, Sir Shridath

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada with The Royal Commonwealth Society. A short discussion of the term "empire": what it means, what it meant, what it means to include it now. The connotation of worthy ambition for the word "empire." A brief historical setting of the term "commonwealth" and how it emerged after 1945. Winston Churchill's vision of the post-1945 world. Churchill's recognition of peace through international co-operation: Canada as the trustee of that concept. The present description and role of the Commonwealth. Criticism towards the Commonwealth because of apartheid in South Africa. The response of the Commonwealth. Canada's participation in that response. Events in South Africa. An historical parallel. Canada's important role in the Commonwealth, in NATO, as one of the Group of 7 industrial countries.