The speeches are free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.
Ladies Day. The issue of misinformation about what is happening in the relief effort on both the Nigeria and Biafra sides. The need for accurate facts and clear thinking to identify the real question the conflict poses for us: "whether we can take a non-partisan position and support a peaceful settlement which recognizes the rights and concerns of both sides of the conflict." The speaker's personal experiences and a brief history of the conflict. Canada's activities in terms of relief programmes for Nigeria as well as Biafra. Prospects for peaceful settlement. Costs and consequences of a prolonged war. Criticism of intervention. Canada's responsibility in relief, and in terms of peace. The possibility for the Canadian government to provide leadership to many nations of Europe and of Africa that would like to promote peaceful settlement but are unwilling to take the leadership risks themselves. Pressuring the Canadian Government "to play a bolder and more creative role in seeking to encourage negotiation talks through the United Nations or through special conversations called for this purpose." Concern for humanity taking precedence over all other considerations.