How Can We Build A Nation?
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 11 Jan 1940, p. 227-239


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How Can We Build A Nation?


A discussion of some of the problems which today face Canada as a nation. Nationalism as viewed when we look at the events in Europe. Looking forward to a time when racial passion shall have disappeared in Canada. Remembering the ideal the founders of North American white civilization had before they framed the Constitutions of this Dominion and of the United States. Nationalism as the speaker sees it today. The nature of power and leadership. Engendering a new ideal of nationalism. North America as the one place above all where a new concept of nationality can be developed. Tradition that still keeps us from agreeing on practically every subject of mutual interest; European tradition. Feeling ashamed of our "colonialism." Going on from where Europe has left off. The speaker's vision of what Canada can be. Canada's inheritance of two of the greatest modern cultures on earth: the French and the English. North America making a stand for flexibility. An extract from "The Political Destiny of Canada" by Goldwin Smith, published in 1878. Canada's changing status and strength since then. Why Canada agreed to co-operate in this present war. The status of nationhood that our young men have earned for Canada. Canada developing its new kind of nationalism. Relations between French and English Canadians. Canadian unity. Changes to be brought about as a consequence of our participation in this World War. The need to work more than ever for unity. Industrial development. Education as a matter for the provinces, a principle of the British North America Act. Learning an historical lesson from the experience of the United States who also had two distinct civilizations. The success and failure of Confederation. What Canada can do. 14 specific objectives suggested by the speaker. A last chance for French-speaking and English-speaking Canadians, during this war, to take the leadership in a movement of good understanding out of which we can develop an edifice of our own powerful enough to dominate our future. The World of the Future. Canada at a crossroads.