This, perhaps, was not surprising, given the conservative tone established by a banking executive's introduction of Bill Clinton. He lauded the former President's accomplishments in office, citing job creation stimulated by cuts in welfare payments to America's poor and Mr. Clinton's ability to move the Democratic party "back to the centre."
(Clearly, there would be no home-ice advantage for progressives at this arena, despite Toronto's typically moderate, liberal leanings)
- It is his hope that Canada's military will "stay a bit longer" in Afghanistan;
- He stresses recent research at MIT that has concluded the effects of global warming by the end of this century will be twice as severe as previously estimated six years ago - and could be even worse than that;
- He commended Toronto Mayor David Miller for this City's participation in the Clinton Foundation's C40 Cities Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the world's largest cities;
- He highlighted his current work with the American Heart Association to combat alarming increases in the prevalence of juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity.
- The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq;
- Barack Obama's moderating policy toward Cuba;
- Gay marriage, the Defence of Marriage Act and the US military's "Don't Ask Don"t Tell" policy toward gay servicemen and women;
- Mr. Clinton's failure to act in a timely manner to prevent the 1994 Rwandan genocide;
- New regulations requiring the presentation of passports at border points in order to enter the U.S. from Canada.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto