The Diplomacy of Concert: Canada, the G-7 and the Halifax Summit
by John Kirton


17. As Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau put it on June 28, 1976, in his concluding news conference at Canada's first summit: "...the success of these conferences are...not to be judged by the solution of individual economic problems or by the setting up of new institutions or by the agreement on any particular resolution. The success will be judged by whether we can influence the behaviour of people in our democracies and perhaps even as important the behaviour of people on the outside who are watching us, in a way in which they will have confidence that our type of economic and political freedom permits us to solve problems."

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