Some Observations on the War
Publication:
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 9 Nov 1916, p. 265-274


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Some Observations on the War


The nature of Canadians with respect to war. The spirit of nervousness abroad in Canada, and what the speaker means by that. Peace societies and their activities in the United States and Canada before the war. Money from the German Government to support these activities. The disparity in terms of war preparedness between Germany and her enemies. Canada's lack of control of her forces overseas during the first year of the war; how and why that was so. The issue of promotion, criteria for promotion, and who is responsible for making decisions with regard to promotion. Discovering that thousands of Canadian soldiers were not in Canadian hospitals, and that Canadian nurses were not nursing Canadian soldiers; changes in that regard. Our convalescent homes. Recruitment statistics. Meeting the boys from Canada at the front, and in England. Regretting our losses of many gallant sons.