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Reference to the federal government making great progress on some big commitments. Some personal history. Now less about hard hands and raw land and more about sharp minds and raw talent. Then barriers to success of weather, disease, and the vagaries of nature. Today, barriers of ferocious global competition and the stunning pace of change. The greatest advantage of well-educated people with relevant skills. Canada's economy today - some figures. Real challenges on the horizon. Effects of baby boomers. Going forward over the next 50 years- some facts about the labour force. The need for labour and skilled trades workers. Effects of labour shortages. The difficulty Canadians have in accepting that we have a labour shortage. Advantage Canada - the long-term economic plan. How we are doing. A success story presented by video. The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers program. The Expert Panel on Older Workers. Another video illustrating the benefits of the Youth Employment Strategy. Spending money on training. Helping businesses fill thousands of vacant jobs. Urging the private sector to do more. Fixing the problem now.