Vladimir Putin

Filmon, The Hon. Gary A.

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. Problems of the legacy of the Meech Lake Accord; problems with the national economy; problems with a deepening of the divisions among provinces and regions. Problems with political leadership of the country. Various other factors contributing to Canada's problems. Pessimism vs. optimism for Canada's future. Challenges to be faced. The presence of goodwill across Canada. Manitoba as a microcosm of Canada. Shared problems of Ontario and Manitoba. Choices to be made. A review of recent choices made by governments, and measures taken. Agreements and disagreements between levels of government. Equalization and support for equalization. Constitutional choices. A national consensus for fundamental reform of the Senate. The "Triple E" concept: Elected, Effective and Equal. Manitoba's perspective on equalization and on the division of powers. Hope for a consensus. Canadians first. Renewed confidence, renewed union to add to the momentum for recovery.

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