Development of the Imperial Idea
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 11 Jan 1906, p. 121-130


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Development of the Imperial Idea


The very best course to produce a united and progressive Empire for the people of the Motherland to recognize the progress in culture and self-governing capacity that Canada has made during recent years and the important factor which she and the other Colonies are commencing to be when the Mother-country is negotiating with foreign countries; and on the other hand for Canadians to realize the benefits of the past, and the present and prospective value of being associated with the Motherland. A verse applicable to Canada and the two great races which form our population. Changes in regard to Colonial policy within the last 25 years which are little less than extraordinary. Some of the reasons in part responsible for the changes. The Confederation Act which removed most of the irritating causes on which Old Country men looked with dismay and despair, as well as the statesmen of our own country. The acquisition of the North-West and the brining of Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia into Confederation. The construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The educational influence and work of our Governors-General which they were able to bring upon those in public life in the Old Land when they returned home from Canada. Our varied experiences with our Governors-General. The development of Imperial ideas in the Colonies; marked and appreciated by Imperial statesmen. The incomplete nature of a Canadian's British citizenship and the difficulties this causes when asked to participate in the maintenance of the British Army or navy. Attempts to reconcile the situation. Nevertheless a rejoicing at being citizens of the British Empire.