The Evolution of Canadian Sentiment
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 12 May 1905, p. 252-267
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The Evolution of Canadian Sentiment


Passing through, in the last 50-100 years, from a protoplasm of Canadian loyalty to the rather fuller development which we have now reached. Recalling a time when there was no such thing as Canadian loyalty. Recalling he time when our fathers came here. Only within the last few years we knew we were Canadians. Hardly knowing that we are Canadians yet in Great Britain; speaking of us as Americans. Our first sentiments of connection with Canada entirely that of British connection. Our first efforts to preserve our identity as effects to preserve that British connection which was transferred to this country by our fathers' settlement here. A review of our evolution of Canadian sentiment through our history. The War of 1812; the rebellion of 1837; Confederation; even then the Canadian standpoint one of a British connection rather than of an integral, ingrained, devoted loyalty to Canada itself. The next stage a different one, growing out of the Confederation of 1867. An examination of the evolution from the time of Confederation. Coming to a spirit of taking care of ourselves; to be true to Canada, to her commercial interests, to her material interests, to her geographical interests, and to fight for them. The next stage in which we began to think Imperially, as Chamberlain said. The next step in the concession of a Preferential Tariff in Canada for imports from Great Britain. The invitation to the Colonies at the time of the Diamond Jubilee and the Coronation. The Boer War and Canada's part in it. The present stage of this evolution. The speaker's view of throwing our vision beyond our own land and including in that vision Canada as part of the great Empire. Leading to a larger citizenship. The measure of a nation's greatness. The need for a wider outlook, and that the future of Canada should be moulded by the models which the Imperial Government has given to us, framed out of the necessities and the strength of the British Empire. Canada, still in the making.