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Vladimir Putin

Lesage, The Honourable Jean

A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. What the people of Quebec are thinking. The transition from the quiet revolution to what the speaker calls "the noisier evolution" that is taking place in Quebec today. Two problems facing Canada today: biracialism and Canadian federalism. The high stakes for Quebec. The speaker's government seeking to promote the welfare and development of the people of Quebec. The need for Quebec to have the means of assuring not only the cultural but also the economic progress of its citizens. The pace of development in Quebec. A description and review of Quebec. Quebec's concern for French-speaking people in all of Canada. The fundamental question: "How, in the Canada of tomorrow, can we all succeed in giving to French speaking Canada … the place which belongs to it, and how can it play the role which it should have as one of the original partners in this rather daring but enthusiasm provoking venture, the founding of Canada?" The many answers to this question. Quebec's place to fill. What it might be. The need for the rest of Canada to help Quebec to attain its objectives, and why the rest of Canada should do so. Quebec's effort to assert itself as a distinct entity. The speaker's opinion based upon his experience gained while he has been Prime Minister of Quebec, and speaking for the majority of the citizens of Quebec. Hoping to dispel the misunderstandings.

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