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Ways in which the speaker represents Canada: diplomatically, commercially, and in the Colombo Plan. The City of Colombo and the Island of Ceylon: an orientation and description. The two races on the Island. Government, culture, independence. Economic problems. Our interest in the Island's future. Commodities on which Ceylon's economy is based. Assistance through the Colombo Plan. The aim of the Colombo Plan. Examples of projects and programmes. Some dollar figures. Why the speaker and other Commissioners enjoy their jobs, and why their jobs are easy, and why Canada has the reputation that it does. The humanitarian objective. Other factors. Lester B. Pearson, or "Mike" Pearson and his contribution. Giving active support to the Colombo Plan.