Toronto, ON - This is an edited excerpt of a speech delivered Thursday by Louise Frechette, former deputy secretary general of the United Nations, at a testimonial dinner in Toronto sponsored by the Public Policy Forum

The end of my tenure at the UN also marks the end of my 36 years in public service. I entered the public service by accident - because there was no immediate opening for a brand new graduate in the Montreal school board system. I leave totally convinced of the fundamental importance of strong public institutions, including a competent and honest public...

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