Modern British Liberalism and the Empire
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 27 May 1909, p. 11-21


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Modern British Liberalism and the Empire


The attitude of Modern Liberalism towards some of the problems which confront us. The speaker's personal political background. The Liberal League, the Imperialistic section of the Liberal Party. The speaker's declaration that England is not a decadent and dying nation. Some examples of what gets printed in various newspapers and journals. Who is saying what where. Criticism of England and the speaker's response to it. Some of the most striking features of British life today. Instances and evidence of England's progress. Problems that are facing Britain. The descendants of the old Puritans as the backbone of the Liberal party today in the House of Commons and the constituencies. The Puritans and the British Non-conformists not a very demonstrative community. No political party ever striven more to enable the King's Dominions across the Seas to acquire and learn the art of self-government than this one. A word or two on Imperial defence and Imperial trade. The value of what one might term the sentimental bond which is a powerful and a growingly powerful bond between the Old Country and the Dominions across the Seas. Relations of Great Britain and the United States upon naval issues. Asking the audience not to believe all they hear concerning what is sometimes called "Mr. Haldane's phantom army." Canada's intentions with regard to the naval question. The issue of unrestricted free-trade with the Mother Country. A very wide field for the action of economists, and commercial authorities, for making preferential arrangements between our two countries for the advancement of our respective industries.