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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Royal Commonwealth Society, Toronto Branch. A special Canada Day luncheon. First, some remarks by the Honorary Vice-President of the Empire Club of Canada and the Honorary Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Her Honour, Hilary M. Weston, the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Ontario. Then Mr. Seltzer introduces the two speakers. Mr. Duffy speaks first.
Where Canada is going. What the government's people in finance and elsewhere tell Mr. Duffy about Canada being on the leading edge of an economic boom. The economy being fueled by the baby boomers. The situation for boomers. Some comments on Paul Martin. The lack of understanding by Canadians as to how their economy works and why tough urgent action has been necessary. The financial pressures on the system as baby boomers age. Some statistics and demographics. The need to get the deficit and the debt under control. The question of national unity. Some clues in the recent announcement of the new cabinet line-up. The speaker's prediction about a series of conferences to work out a new deal in the Canadian federation. What might be accomplished at such conferences. Owing it to our kids to remain involved. The importance of politics. The need for continued political involvement in Canada.
Articulating a little something about Canada. The speaker's experience during his visit to Vimy Ridge, and his thoughts on that occasion. Some quotes from a letter written by a young man to his father, then Editor-in-Chief of The Toronto Daily Star, written from a shell-hole during a battle in 1916. The writer's vision of Canada in the future. Canada's heritage. Remembering those who came back from war. Putting our history into perspective and coming up with a better nation and a better country.