Vladimir Putin

Burney, The Hon. Derek

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The speaker offers a view of his job; a view from his job; a view of Canada as seen from Washington. An objective of impressing his audience with a message about our own attitudes as Canadians. The view of Canada as "grown up." Canada's freedom and self-imposed limitations to those freedoms. The importance of Canada's relations with the United States. Canada's challenge to "live with Uncle"--to manage the power imbalance in ways that serve our interest and reflect our unique role. Playing the power in Washington as best we can. How we work at influence in the U.S. A brief report on the Washington scene. A review of events in the United States that clearly concern Canadians: trade, investment, health care, free trade. Canada as seen from Washington: mixed. How others see us, and why. The positive light in which Canada is viewed from Washington. Examples of Canadian success stories. The fact that we do compete. An appeal for us to take more pride in being Canadian.