The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Canada Institute on North American Issues proudly hosted the first C. Warren Goldring Lecture on Canada-U.S. Relations on February 5, 2004. Held alternately in Toronto and Washington, this lecture series promotes increased understanding of public policy decisions in both Canada and the United States.

Leon Panetta, a former White House Chief of Staff and current Director of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, delivered the inaugural Goldring lecture. He was in Toronto to discuss: "The Challenge in Washington: Governing by Leadership or Crisis." Of special interest to his Canadian audience, Mr. Panetta explored the notion that leadership in a democracy demands taking risks to confront challenges, but partisanship and the struggle for political power have come to dominate policy decisions in Washington.

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