A Fresh Start for Canadians
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 25 Nov 1996, p. 231-245


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A Fresh Start for Canadians


A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. The need for a fresh start for Canada, and how it may be brought about. This address proceeds under the following headings: Historical Precedents; Key Questions; Key Questions for the Leaders of Toronto and Ontario; Western Fresh-Start Initiatives; Bringing the Common Sense Revolution to Ottawa; Reform's Fresh-Start Platform; A Fresh Start on National Unity; Conclusion. Throughout this discussion, many issues are addressed, including the following. Historical examples of "fresh starts" in Canada. Questions posed by the speaker with regard to employment, federal government debt, federal spending cuts on health and social assistance; increase in violent crime, and national unity. The specific question to leaders of Toronto and Ontario as to what they are going to do about these issues. Initiatives of those in Western Canada. The fiscal and economic strategy offered by Mike Harris and the Ontario provincial Conservatives. Comparisons of the Reform Party of Canada with Mike Harris' party. The Common Sense Revolution. Objectives of the Ontario government. Federal budget figures. Details of the fresh-start platform of the Reform Party of Canada. Three elements of the fiscal plan. Specific federal tax relief measures proposed. The issue of national unity. Strategy of the Liberal Party under Chrétien, and the results. A five-fold response from Reform. The desire for fundamental change in the federation in the West. Response to that signal for change from Ottawa and Quebec. A prediction on national unity. Some concluding remarks. Responses to objections and reservations with regard to the Reform platform. The goal of a new and better Canada.