Meeting the Canadian Challenge
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 14 Nov 1985, p. 134-146
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Meeting the Canadian Challenge

The speaker's concern and frustration with the low level of appreciation we have for our current environment, and our somewhat gloomy expectations for the future. Meeting the Canadian challenge. The lack of appreciation of reality, caused by the post-war period, leaving a "legacy of expensive tastes, bad habits, and an illusion of reality." How to commence efforts to see things as they really are. A demonstration that this defining and adjusting to reality affects each one of us. Our view of Canada today at odds with that of 1965. A list of Canada's key advantages. Introducing a note of optimism in our potential. Seeking clarity rather than confusion. Keeping it simple, with examples of how that can be achieved. Taking advantage of change. Some specific actions to be taken, illustrated by two concerns: the budget deficit; international trade in general, and our trade with the U.S. in particular. Facing the facts of a trade agreement with the U.S. The private sector's role. The government's role. What we must all do.