Some Aspects of Imperialism
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 27 Oct 1905, p. 22-33


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Some Aspects of Imperialism


The issue of Imperial consolidation. One feature of the movement which is associated in England with the name of Mr. Chamberlain. Chamberlain's proposal. A desirable form of Imperial unity, or at any rate a practical form of Imperial unity. The effect of Mr. Chamberlain's campaign: making the people arrange their ideas and define their conceptions of the Empire. The anti-Imperialist coming to the surface. The viewpoints of both the Imperialists and the anti-Imperialists. A strong case for a united Empire as a development of the several Democracies within it. The advantages of a common language. Domestic interests in common. The Land question in England as an example of discovering what other parts of the Empire have done. The question of commerce. Criticisms against Chamberlain's proposal and the speaker's response to it. The aspect of expenditures in this question of Imperial unity. Shared costs for defence. A time of transition for Canada, passing from the Colonial status to the national status. Going ahead on the theory that the strength of the parts is the strength of the whole. The necessity to apply that principle to the question of defence. The conception of the Empire as a great affiliation of distinct Democracies; wanting to know along what lines it is going to develop if that conception is accepted. The speaker's thoughts on the principle of the Colonial Conference as the principle to which we must look for many years to come for the development of the Imperial political machinery. The fundamental foundation and distinctive feature of the Colonial Conference: that the heads of Governments meet on equal terms. The idea that the head of the British Government in the Colonial Conference should lay down definitely what the Conference shall or shall not discuss. The speaker's response to that idea. A suggestion by the speaker that it would be of great help to the Imperialists in England if Canada would take steps to assert that principle of its right to initiate discussions at the Conference. Confirming the right of Canada to bring up any subject regardless of whether it suited the ideas of party politicians or not. Standing for a united Empire. Sir John Leng, M.P. responded briefly to the speaker's address.