Canadian Speeches

This Canadian magazine covered national and international news involving Canadian politics, economy, media and history.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 2, May-June

Can We Still Be Canada in the New Borderless World?
I would like to speak about two of the external realities that are not only changing the way governments govern, but are changing the very scope of government -- these are globalization and information technology. In many ways, the two are inseparable...
Do-Nothing Policy Misses Chance to Strengthen Quebec's Attachment
I want to use these few minutes to talk to you about the on-going unity debate in our country, and my own deep concern that we are badly missing the mark in our attempts to deal with this deep and divisive issue, I want to raise a red flag and make...
Eulogy for Canada's Unknown Soldier
Wars are as old as history. Over two thousand years ago, Herodotus, wrote, "In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons." Today, we are gathered together as one, to bury someone's son. The only certainty about him is that he...
Family Violence Biggest Impediment to Human Development
When I was told that the Public Policy Forum considered me someone who, and I quote, "has made a significant contribution to Canadian public policy," I immediately felt deeply grateful; grateful, not only for myself, but for the six million Canadians...
Global Finance Hollows Canadian Head Offices
I want to say a few words about Canada and some recent developments in our national life. I also want to bring greetings and a report on the western hinterlands of this vast land. I applaud the work of the Public Policy Forum in bringing together...
How to Strengthen Public Service
I would like to make a few remarks on one important aspect of good government, namely, the challenge of reinvigorating our public service. In Jane Jacobs' provocative analysis of the sociology of power -- her 1991 book Systems of Survival -- she divides...
Impact of Arms Decommissioning on the Northern Ireland Peace Process
It is 5-1/2 years since the current process to end the conflict in Northern Ireland started, and a little over two years since the Good Friday Agreement set out a blueprint for a lasting peace. The euphoria which greeted that agreement has now been...
Nuclear Power: From Panacea to Pandora's Box to Pragmatism
Since joining AECL, I've developed a keen interest in science. (It's one of the hazards that comes with the job.) And like many people in recent months I've been following with interest one of the great scientific advances of our time -- the human...
Reforming Finance to Meet Needs of All the World
For most of the first 50 years of their existence, the Bretton Woods institutions operated in relative obscurity. For the most part, the activities of finance ministers and central bank governors at the biannual meetings of these institutions have...
Social, Economic and Environmental Progress Hinges on Freer Trade
In the early 60s, the phrase Catch-22 came into vogue. It basically meant that you were caught in an impossible situation. You fell like the runaway fish who came up against a wall--"damned if you do and damned if you don't." At the start of the...
Trade, Poverty and the Human Face of Globalization
It is a pleasure and an honour to address you here today at the London School of Economics as part of the Reuters/Carnegie Public Policy Series, whose theme is the "human face of globalization." Few topics are as controversial as globalization....
Trade Protectionism Would Hurt Canadians More Than Most Others
In recent years -- and particularly in the past few months -- we have heard a great deal about the energetic debate on trade and about globalization generally -- in the media, and even on the street! I think that this is very healthy, and I welcome...
Urgent Health Care Issues Demand Wide National Debate
For years, the Public Policy Forum has provided a stimulating venue in which individuals outside the federal government can have a dialogue with Ottawa's most influential decision-makers. Since last night, you've discussed Canadian policy in the...
Value Is Key as Stockbrokers Become Investment Advisors
When Paul Halpern spoke to me about this conference in early December he asked me to give my views on the future of the retail stockbroker. Was there in fact a future for them? Or are they being disintermediated by on-line trading? I want to...
Why Protecting Rights Depends on Courts, Not Parliament nor Public
Let me start a discussion about the judicial role in a democratic society by offering a theory of what democracy is. For me, the components of democracy are most starkly revealed in comparison to its antonym, totalitarianism. What democratic societies...