Canada's Indebtedness to the Motherland
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 10 Dec 1936, p. 138-149
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Canada's Indebtedness to the Motherland


Looking at the romance and the responsibility of Canadian citizenship, or from another viewpoint, Imperial citizenship. Thinking of Canada as a priceless heritage. A few words about the pioneers of Canada. The inheritance of great traditions when we are honour bound to cherish and preserve. The phrase "Be British" and what that means. The Motherland with the greatest claim upon Canada's gratitude and loyalty. The issue as to whether or not Canada should become entangled in European squabbles. Under what circumstances the Motherland now finds herself committed to the strongest policies of defence. The speaker's belief that Canada would be hopeless ingrates if we were to put our loyalty into cold storage and if we did not frown upon everything that endangers Imperial attachment and fidelity. What Canada would be outside the Empire. The need to build the Empire stronger and stronger for the world's sake, and for every Dominion to do its part in the building. Owing it to the Motherland to make Canada great in the things that have made her great. The strength and prestige of the Empire depending upon the strength and prestige of the constituent parts. Canada's material resources. Learning before it is too late to make this national wealth serve the high and noble ends of nationhood. The greatness of England and its origins. Our supreme concern in Canada of the development of our human resources, the physical, social and moral welfare of the people. Recognizing and discharging our indebtedness to the Motherland by making life a little simpler for those who are confused by it and happier for those who are tasting the bitterness of it and safer for those who are feeling its perils.