Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge
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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Some reminiscences about the speaker's previous meeting in Toronto with business and community leaders seven years ago. Some remarks about the history of the Empire Club, and the history of air flight. The speaker's role as British Business Ambassador. Traditional links between Canada and the U.K., still strong. Our trading relationship now geared to the global market, rather than bilateral. The Joint Declaration agreed by Jean Chretien and Tony Blair 20 months ago. Commitments by both countries to building knowledge-based economies. Canada's progress in meeting this objective. Similar success in Britain. A new campaign to develop strong links between us by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The recently re-defined trade policy of the U.K. entitled "Building the Knowledge-Driven Economy." A shift in emphasis; a new commitment to investment; strategies based on the need for sustainable growth and development over the long term. Trade policies that go hand-in-hand with the social agenda, and how that is so. Economic results of being in the European Union. Issues surrounding Britain and the monetary union. Government amalgamation of London. The future of the Canadian-British trade relationship. British Airway's investment in Canada. The new era of competitive intent at work in British business.