Vladimir Putin

Goodale, The Hon. Ralph

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. Some personal anecdotes. What the federal budget for 2005 was seeking to accomplish. Three primary goals, with an explication of each. First, to spell out without a doubt that Canada's economic performance continues to be impressive by every national and international standard and that Canada's fiscal fundamentals are very, very robust. Seconldy, to not use up all the available fiscal space with eithe rspending initiative sor tax cuts. Third was to describe the path forward for Canada. Greater productivity, enhanced environmental sustainability and an influential respected role for Canada in global affairs. Taxes. Climate change. Foreign aid and international assistance. Confirming leadership through the budget.

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