Around the United States in Twenty Minutes
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 19 Jan 1956, p. 169-178
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Around the United States in Twenty Minutes

Some remarks about relations between Canada and the United States, between Americans and Canadians. The speaker's affection for Canada and Canadians. A look at the United States. Topics covered including geography; climate; the effects of geography and climate on cultural development and political thinking; the size of the country; "thinking big." Attaining a moral stature consistent with the broad sweep of the land. The American dollar vs the Canadian dollar. Change as part of a national make-up, with example. The still pioneer-minded nature of Americans. Slowness in beginning to think in terms of the advantages that may lie in more international commerce. Trade and commercial policy. The U.S. preventing the freer flow of goods and materials between Canada and the U.S. and why this has been so. How people can be victims as well as beneficiaries of climate and geography. How the tradition of self-sufficiency developed. U.S. program of foreign aid in the past few years finally being recognized as a subsidy for exports. The need for political action to bring imports closer to a balance with exports. Some political aspects of the United States. State laws and federal laws. The degree of state sovereignty, with illustrative example. A consideration of restoring to the states and communities many functions and responsibilities acquired by the federal government over the last several decades. A national administration in Washington that is today endeavouring to unleash the creative energies of America's free enterprise system. The commercial future of the United States, upon which both political parties agree. Population. The commercial market available to Canada and the U.S. for domestic products. A united respect and affection for Canada and its people.