Vladimir Putin

Kennedy, Gerard; Dion, Stéphane; Rae, Bob

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All three speakers were introduced, along with the moderator, Amanda Lang, co-anchor of Report on Business TV's "Squeeze Play" and Director of the Canadian Club of Toronto. Prepared questions were asked and then the floor was opened to the live audience. Each speaker had opening remarks. The prepared questions covered the following topics: whether or not we are doing the right thing in Afghanistan; the economy - specifically, what would each speaker do with a $13 billion surplus if it did not have to go to debt repayment. Questions from the floor: "National unity is threatened by feelings of western alienation, a rise in the separatist sentiment in Quebec and animosity exhibited in the Maritimes. How do you propose to unify our country?"; "we know Prime Minister Harper's position on gay marriage; he intends to open the floor of the House. As prime minister would you allow your party to vote according to their conscience on this issue and others like it?"; "Win or lose will you run in the next election?"; "Your position on helping qualified immigrants meet Canadian standards that allow them to employ the skills they bring with them and not have doctors and engineers drive taxis."; "Why are you the best individual to fight and beat Stephen Harper in the next election?"