Practical Consolidation of the Empire
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 29 Aug 1916, p. 193-204


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Practical Consolidation of the Empire


Perpetuating the British Empire; making it come closer together. The speaker's belief that the British Empire is the greatest secular force for good that the world has ever seen. Finding some practical way in which we shall get a voice in all matters of any concern, such as peace and war, and foreign affairs—something that we as a self-respecting people claim that we should have, and that we have a right to. Public opinion in England in favour of such a course. The inadvisability of a concrete plan for bringing about such a result. The speaker's suggestion for a convention or meeting in London at which all the different parts of the Empire should be represented, and would try and find some plan or system which would be agreeable to all. The need to retain our autonomy for which we have fought over a great many years. Keeping our privileges and rights of self-government within our own borders while having a voice in Imperial matters, in common concerns. What Britain has done in this war. The current state of affairs in the war now. Canada's participation. The nature of the British Empire. The condition of things in England. The work being done by women in this war. The speaker's experiences at the front and the conditions he found on two visits. The life and death of the soldiers. Organizations that help make the boys more comfortable. The work of the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian War Contingent Association, the Maple Leaf Club and other Clubs in London where the fellows can go and feel like they are in a home. The cheerfulness and courage of our men applying equally well to those from the other Dominions and to the British. The British Army today a citizen army just like our own. Practically all of the men in the original regular army either wounded or missing. The benefit we will get out of this horrible mess the closer co-operation from the mingling together of men from all the different part of the Empire. The need to know each other better.