Vladimir Putin

Reisman, Ambassador Simon

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Canada. Address ten days after an agreement was reached on the essential elements of a Canada-U.S. free trade agreement. What will happen over the next few weeks. An assurance that this is a good deal for Canada. A broad description and review of the deal and what it will mean to Canada and Canadians. Two objectives reached: a bigger market and a more secure market. The full effect of the deal a decade later. Significance for Canada's younger generation. Specifics as to what the deal does and how it will do it, beginning with the range of issues covered. Correcting the imbalance with the United States. The review procedure. A Canada-U.S. Trade Commission to manage the agreement. An agreed standstill until the agreements enters into force. Resolving disputes. What the agreement does not threaten. Acknowledgement of the Prime Minister's role in the agreement. Dealing with protectionist and inward-looking forces in both countries that will try to mobilize to defeat the agreement. Facing the historical challenge and moving forward with it.

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