A Romance With Canada
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 23 Jun 1994, p. 45-64


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A Romance With Canada


A joint meeting of The Royal Commonwealth Society and The Empire Club of Canada. The speaker's obsession with Canada; "with its beauty, with its size, with the grandeur of it, with the complexity of it, with its past, with its present and with its future." A look at 200 years of history, Pachter version, to try to give some sense of why he feels we are at a crucial time in our history. Trying to solve the Quebec "crisis." Pachter's look is intermingled with personal reminiscences and commentary on various issues and people, from art to Susanna Moodie to Margaret Atwood to Simcoe to history education (or the lack of it) to Joseph Brant, to butter tarts. His summary remarks conclude that Canada is inextricably tied up with Quebec. "They are us and we are they." What makes Canada so unique: two founding European cultures living together in this huge land mass. "We're in this together and let's stay together."