The Defence of the Empire
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 2 Feb 1905, p. 176-184


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The Defence of the Empire


No possible defence of the Empire that does not involve a full partnership union of Great Britain and all her colonies. Ways in which the geographical position of Canada precludes the idea of either independence or annexation. The need for the full partnership union with Great Britain and all her Colonies, and the defensive system, to be democratic. How a democratic defence system will reduce costs and add strength. Closer unity will benefit shipping and commercial interests. Reasons for the necessity of a defensive system. Reference to words from Mr. S.H. Blake with regard to Militarism. Ways in which Militarism is the exact antithesis of a Militia system. A quote from an editorial in the Toronto "Telegram" dealing with the benefit even to the farming community of having a strong Navy. Quotes also from The Toronto "News" and the Ottawa "Citizen." Canada, ranking about sixth in the tonnage of the world, as the only nation that does not contribute one dollar to the defence of that tonnage. Canadians content to "live hanging on to the skirts of Great Britain, and letting the British tax-payer do our defensive work." More of Mr. Blake's arguments and the speaker's response to them. The class which aspires for annexation to the United States. Alternative views. The speaker's view of a full partnership union, a federal union of Great Britain and her Colonies along lines wherein we shall share their burdens, joys and sorrows, and take part in the upbuilding of a great Empire. The speaker's motion to this end, presented in this Session, as in other Sessions, of the Parliament of Canada. Details of an Empire Militia system, with a specific educational programme. A comparison of military expenditures in the United States and in Canada.