Preferential Trade
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 17 Dec 1903, p. 20-30
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Preferential Trade

Defining what the question of preferential trade means. Ways in which Imperial Preference is not the same as Imperialism. A quick definition of Imperial Preference. A proposal in the rough, to be worked out into detail later. Differentiating treatment of members and non-members of the family of the British Empire. What Imperial Preference does not and would not mean. A growing sentiment for a closer relation and over and above that growing sentiment, a movement which is beginning to take concrete form and embody itself in practical and working ways. Such sentiment of its free will to reach into a concrete form, approved of by both the Mother country and the Colonies, with their good will. Upon what such sentiment has grown. Two great moving influences which are pressing these countries of today into closer trade relations. How we should treat each other. Upon what the drawing power, pushing this question forward in Great Britain and these Colonies today, is based on. The element of unfair competition of the outside nations. The British instinct of fair play. What free trade means. The basis for this mutual preference: the idea of protection. The origins of this idea of mutual preference. Mr. Chamberlain's support for preference. Looking for the voice of Canada. What is being done. Advantages to Canada. Thinking about what the British market means. Being asked to put Imperial Preference on one side and American Reciprocity on the other.