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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 9 Mar 1950, p. 248-257
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Business Action


Canada's trade with other members of the British Commonwealth and Empire, and with the world at large. What the Canadian businessmen are trying to do to help to solve the very difficult problems which Canada is now facing in the world of trade. The speaker's association with the Chamber of Commerce movement in Canada. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce becoming a national force in Canada, particularly since the end of World War II. This a reflection of the determination of businessmen to take a more active part in the national affairs of Canada; also an awareness that if business does not play an active part in the national affairs, then someone else will. The need to present the business point of view to the Canadian people by businessmen themselves. Membership figures of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Purpose of the Chamber. The responsibility of the business community. How the free enterprise system works, and works well in Canada and the United States, as indicated by the standard of living for these two countries. The growth of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce since the war and what that indicates. The Chamber's dissemination of information. The subject of foreign trade; a shift from government to business. The importance of multilateral trade to the future of Canada. Canada suffering from what is known as a U.S. dollar shortage. A look at the balance of trade between Canada and the U.S. The economic state of the United Kingdom and how Canada is affected by it. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce's activities in sending mission to the United Kingdom to study and discuss their problems at first hand. The result of such meetings in the formation of an international committee through which Canadian and British businessmen strive to find answers to some of the difficult problems which are now slowing up trade and economic development for the two countries. A similar committee in the United States which has, over the past 15 years, dealt with many issues of trade and commerce, most recently, the issue of Customs Administration between Canada and the U.S. Some of the resolutions which emerged from the meeting of the Chamber Committee in London, England. The issue of joint defence. The Canadian Chamber making a strong plea for industrial integration for defence between the U.S. and the nations of the British Commonwealth. Restating belief and support for the North Atlantic Pact. The establishment of a three-way committee representing businessmen in Canada, United States, and the United Kingdom. Issues of concern to all three countries. The need to work together and co-operate at every level, among the diplomats, the civil servants, the businessmen, the soldiers, the writers and publicists, the men and women who make up our populations. The need for initiative, understanding and, above all, a spirit of co-operation.