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  • "The Friendly Dictatorship"
    Text  Simpson, Jeffrey C., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 2002), 15 Nov 2001, 194-207     How Canada has become a one-party state. How "The Friendly Dictatorship is about how our system of government has evolved, and why Canadians are increasingly turned off by that sytem. Supporting evidence for that view. Finding a better balance among the objectives of democracy, transparency, accountability and representativeness. An explication ...
    Text  Simpson, Jeffrey C., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 2002), 15 Nov 2001, 194-207   How Canada has become a one-party state. How "The Friendly Dictatorship is about how our system of government has evolved, and why Canadians are increasingly turned off by that sytem. ...
  • Five Priorities for the Federal Government
    Text  Martin, The Rt. Hon. Paul, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 2005), 16 Apr 2004, 333-349     A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. First, an announcement about Mr. Fadi Fadel who was taken hostage in Iraq. Reference to Sir Wilfrid Laurier's quote. How Canada must belong to the 21st century. Some challenges for Canadians and the Canadian government. ...
    Text  Martin, The Rt. Hon. Paul, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 2005), 16 Apr 2004, 333-349   A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. First, an announcement about Mr. Fadi Fadel who was taken hostage in Iraq. Reference to ...
  • The Proper Limitations of State Interference
    Text  Leacock, Prof. Stephen, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1924), 6 Mar 1924, 109-124     The speaker's statement of Canada's ills at the present time: that we are in danger of overgovernment; that we are suffering from the too-great extension of the functions of the State; that it is doing already great harm to our economic life, and threatening greater still; doing a great deal ...
    Text  Leacock, Prof. Stephen, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1924), 6 Mar 1924, 109-124   The speaker's statement of Canada's ills at the present time: that we are in danger of overgovernment; that we are suffering from the too-great extension of the functions of the ...
  • Thomas D'Arcy McGee
    Text  McMurray, Hon. Edward J., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1926), 2 Apr 1925, 167-179     This speech was preceded by a few moments of silence as a tribute to the memory of the man whose life was the subject of the day's address. The speaker's endeavour, by quotation from his poems and his speeches and brief data to show the mind, character, aspirations and hopes, ...
    Text  McMurray, Hon. Edward J., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1926), 2 Apr 1925, 167-179   This speech was preceded by a few moments of silence as a tribute to the memory of the man whose life was the subject of the day's address. The speaker's ...
  • The Role of Opposition
    Text  Copps, Sheila, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1988), 21 Apr 1988, 338-351     Criticism as the principal function of the Opposition. The role of criticism, and the role of a vigorous Opposition in parliament. Opposition in an historical context. The legitimacy of adversarial politics as recognized by both Diefenbaker and Pearson. A look at the operation of party discipline. The speaker as a ...
    Text  Copps, Sheila, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1988), 21 Apr 1988, 338-351   Criticism as the principal function of the Opposition. The role of criticism, and the role of a vigorous Opposition in parliament. Opposition in an historical context. The legitimacy of adversarial ...
  • Mr. Mackenzie King and the Development of the Commonwealth of Nations
    Text  Pickersgill, The Honourable John Whitney, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1954), 10 Dec 1953, 118-130     Mr. Mackenzie King's attitude to the Empire and his influence on the evolution of the Commonwealth. The speaker's close and continuing association with Mr. Mackenzie King for the last twelve years of his life. A detailed discussion of Mr. King's influence from 1922 on. Some fundamental differences between Sir Robert ...
    Text  Pickersgill, The Honourable John Whitney, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1954), 10 Dec 1953, 118-130   Mr. Mackenzie King's attitude to the Empire and his influence on the evolution of the Commonwealth. The speaker's close and continuing association with Mr. Mackenzie King for the last twelve ...
  • The Public and the Politicians
    Text  O'Leary, Grattan, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1934), 30 Mar 1933, 143-155     Public challenge to public life. The word "politician" as a term of reproach. Why politics has fallen into disrepute. The growing propensity among all of us to question, to criticize, to misrepresent and to vilify the politicians as a class. Change brought about by the War. How much of this ...
    Text  O'Leary, Grattan, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1934), 30 Mar 1933, 143-155   Public challenge to public life. The word "politician" as a term of reproach. Why politics has fallen into disrepute. The growing propensity among all of us to question, to criticize, ...
  • Can We Achieve Canadian Unity?
    Text  Harvey, Monsieur Jean-Charles, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1939), 19 Jan 1939, 184-199     The issue of Canadian unity made problematic in that we are not all of the same character. A remarriage in 1759. Most disagreements or misunderstandings grounded on prejudice or ignorance, neither of which can be eliminated at a stroke. The lack of surprise that there are misunderstandings existing between Quebec ...
    Text  Harvey, Monsieur Jean-Charles, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1939), 19 Jan 1939, 184-199   The issue of Canadian unity made problematic in that we are not all of the same character. A remarriage in 1759. Most disagreements or misunderstandings grounded on prejudice or ignorance, ...
  • Defending Our Rights and Freedoms
    Text  Bertrand, Guy, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1998), 30 Apr 1997, 1-7     Mr. Bertrand begins with a statement of his new philosophy since his resignation from the Parti Quebecois in February of 1985. Canada, learning to live together. An observation that problems in Ontario are similar to those in Quebec. The speaker's pride in Canada. The danger to Canada from attacks by ...
    Text  Bertrand, Guy, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1998), 30 Apr 1997, 1-7   Mr. Bertrand begins with a statement of his new philosophy since his resignation from the Parti Quebecois in February of 1985. Canada, learning to live together. An observation that problems ...
  • Recent Developments in Parliamentary Institutions
    Text  Borden, R.L., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1906), 22 Nov 1905, 62-72     The development during the past two centuries in Great Britain. On considering the system of government which we have today, remembering that the idealists of the 18th Century were aiming at exclusion from Parliament of those invested with executive power. The aim of the English statesmen of the 18th Century ...
    Text  Borden, R.L., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1906), 22 Nov 1905, 62-72   The development during the past two centuries in Great Britain. On considering the system of government which we have today, remembering that the idealists of the 18th Century were aiming ...
  • An Alternative Government for Canada
    Text  Clark, Joseph, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1976), 22 Apr 1976, 396-409     Mr. Clark's first areas of concern are what he perceives as two major developments of substance in terms of economic policy: the question of controls and the imposition of a form of controls that leave little room for consultation. This discussion is followed by the speaker's assertion that he regards ...
    Text  Clark, Joseph, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1976), 22 Apr 1976, 396-409   Mr. Clark's first areas of concern are what he perceives as two major developments of substance in terms of economic policy: the question of controls and the imposition of a ...
  • Leadership in Canada Today
    Text  MacDonald, Miss Flora, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1976), 20 Nov 1975, 136-146     A critical review of the current government's record. Suggestions as to how Miss MacDonald's party would handle problems, particularly with regard to the economy. Criteria for effective leadership. What Canadians might expect from postive leadership. Miss MacDonald's qualifications as a leader.
    Text  MacDonald, Miss Flora, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1976), 20 Nov 1975, 136-146   A critical review of the current government's record. Suggestions as to how Miss MacDonald's party would handle problems, particularly with regard to the economy. Criteria for effective leadership. What Canadians ...
  • Canada's Potential and Our Political Will
    Text  Gillespie, The Honourable Alastair, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1974), 4 Oct 1973, 33-45     How Canada can learn and benefit from the mistakes and successes of other great cities and nations. Political will and determination that allows decisions and choices based on our own values. Resisting short-term expediencies in favour of long-term answers. A discussion of specific recent decisions and initiatives by the Canadian ...
    Text  Gillespie, The Honourable Alastair, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1974), 4 Oct 1973, 33-45   How Canada can learn and benefit from the mistakes and successes of other great cities and nations. Political will and determination that allows decisions and choices based on our own ...
  • How Stands our Home and Native Land?
    Text  Lynch, Charles, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1981), 9 Apr 1981, 339-355     Personal anecodes and reminiscences since Mr. Lynch's last speech 24 years ago. A current analysis of Canada and Canadians as seen through those historical and political events. Concerns and issues include the constitution, the monarchy, the Supreme Court of Canada, Quebec, federalism.
    Text  Lynch, Charles, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1981), 9 Apr 1981, 339-355   Personal anecodes and reminiscences since Mr. Lynch's last speech 24 years ago. A current analysis of Canada and Canadians as seen through those historical and political events. Concerns and issues ...
  • Those Things We Treasure
    Text  Diefenbaker, The Right Honourable John G., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1972), 9 Mar 1972, 296-311     Humorous and anecdotal review of Mr. Diefenbaker's experiences as a Canadian politician. A historical viewpoint with a focus on what has changed for the worse. Many topics are covered. Some highlights follow. A belief that Canada's institutions and constitutional principles are being challenged from within. A defense of the monarchy. ...
    Text  Diefenbaker, The Right Honourable John G., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1972), 9 Mar 1972, 296-311   Humorous and anecdotal review of Mr. Diefenbaker's experiences as a Canadian politician. A historical viewpoint with a focus on what has changed for the worse. Many topics are covered. Some ...
  • Struggle for Power: Canadian Politics 1972
    Text  Newman, Peter C., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1972), 10 Feb 1972, 229-243     Political values: commitment and integrity. The role of "Maclean's." What Canadians want. Nationalism. The upcoming election. Canadians and the "psychology of surrender." Canadian weakness. The pace of change and how Canadians deal with it. Changing profile of the electorate. A profile of the kind of political leaders that Canada needs. ...
    Text  Newman, Peter C., The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1972), 10 Feb 1972, 229-243   Political values: commitment and integrity. The role of "Maclean's." What Canadians want. Nationalism. The upcoming election. Canadians and the "psychology of surrender." Canadian weakness. The pace of change and how ...
  • Senate Reform
    Text  Pitfield, The Honourable P. Michael, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1984), 20 Oct 1983, 65-75     Canada's Parliament vs. U.S. Congress. Role of Parliament. Criticisms of Parliament, its workings and its effects on the Canadian people. Failures of public policy. A look at the process and mechanics of governing, as opposed to the personalities and people involved. Suggestions for improvement to the process and the mechanics. ...
    Text  Pitfield, The Honourable P. Michael, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1984), 20 Oct 1983, 65-75   Canada's Parliament vs. U.S. Congress. Role of Parliament. Criticisms of Parliament, its workings and its effects on the Canadian people. Failures of public policy. A look at the process and ...
  • Operating Within A Global Economy
    Text  Stronach, Frank, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1994), 10 Feb 1994, 309-320     Problems and viable solutions to Canada's economic situation. The global economy. Increased competition. Canada not prepared for global competition. Changing our political, tax, and education systems to improve living standards. Ending government-sponsored policy of multiculturalism. Depoliticizing Parliament. Decreasing government bureaucracy.
    Text  Stronach, Frank, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1994), 10 Feb 1994, 309-320   Problems and viable solutions to Canada's economic situation. The global economy. Increased competition. Canada not prepared for global competition. Changing our political, tax, and education systems to improve living standards. ...
  • Post-Election Prospects in Canada
    Text  Black, The Hon. Conrad, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1994), 2 Nov 1993, 158-170     A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. A view of what Mr. Black feels went wrong with several governments, including those of Pearson, Trudeau, and Mulroney. What Quebec should and shouldn't get, based on what it has already gotten, and the consequences ...
    Text  Black, The Hon. Conrad, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1994), 2 Nov 1993, 158-170   A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. A view of what Mr. Black feels went wrong with several governments, including those of ...
  • Saskatchewan's Social and Economic Accomplishments—An Example for an Alternative National Agenda
    Text  Romanow, The Honourable Roy, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1997), 1 Apr 1997, 510-520     Three topics: a report on Saskatchewan's most recent provincial budget and economic situation; some of the principles and values that underpin that budget and a vision for Saskatchewan into the 21st century; how this approach might point the way to something like an alternative Canadian agenda, an agenda at least ...
    Text  Romanow, The Honourable Roy, The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club Foundation, 1997), 1 Apr 1997, 510-520   Three topics: a report on Saskatchewan's most recent provincial budget and economic situation; some of the principles and values that underpin that budget and a vision for Saskatchewan into the ...
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