Vladimir Putin

Ford, Henry II

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. Some general comments on the state of the world today; the speaker's feeling that people are a little tired of the constant complaining about the troublesome and critically dangerous world in which we live. Some remarks about the history and relationship between Canada and the United States. The speaker offers "one person's views about contemporary Canada"; and a discussion of "some aspects of the current scene in the United States which seem to me to need a particular emphasis." Impressions of Canada. A look at Canada's transformation over the last 30 years: manufacturing output; industrial growth; trade; contributions throughout the last war; living standards; gross national product; population growth; automobile use. The discovery of oil in the western provinces. U.S. investment dollars in Canada. Developing the St. Lawrence Seaway. A look at what is going on "below our common border." Some facts and statistics about present-day United States: employment, money and time spent in research; national production; agricultural production; corporation earnings; growth of the Armed Services; American college and university enrollments; standard-of-living indicators; confusion and commotion in the United States and from whence it arises. An instance of a decision by Washington officials which didn't make sense at a local level. Another issue of controversy: the size and speed of the United States defense program. Two important things to observe about the current scene in the U.S.: the acceptance of endless debate as a price very glad to be paid for the privilege of living in a free country; Americans loathe war. Reminders about some of the things that are important about the United States today. The U.S. as a nation of people traditionally wanting to avoid getting involved with other nations unless it seemed absolutely necessary; a people who have wanted to be left alone. Americans as a people with a great idea, and vast frontiers of natural resources in which to develop it; the idea that the most important thing in the world is the human individual; that every man should be given as much freedom and incentive as society can possibly give him to work out his own dreams in his own way. How the U.S. has demonstrated that this great idea is also a very practical one. Remaining faith and enthusiasm for that idea. Americans have learned that the price that has to be paid is to be strong. "Only the strong can be free, and those who value their freedom have got to pool their strength." Americans are convinced that we must achieve military might without destroying the economic health on which real strength depends. How U.S. national strength is measured. A strong feeling that "all our hopes for progress rest, in the last analysis, on the resourcefulness of our people." Realizing that the tremendous job facing the American people over the years ahead is one which requires a degree of managed cooperation; wanting no more government control than is absolutely essential. A shared determination by Canadians to see to it that free men shall continue to have opportunity to work out their destinies. Turning for leadership to the New World. The benefits of cooperation and friendship. Meeting the challenge together.

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