How Education Strengthens The Links of Empire
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 20 Oct 1921, p. 252-260
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How Education Strengthens The Links of Empire


The importance of sentiment in Imperial affairs. An invitation to consider the point that sentiment unaided by knowledge is not able to effect everything. The speaker's wish to show us that there is something more than sentiment in the field of activities, something very closely connected with sentiment, that being the field of education. Bearing the marks of the experiences we have all been through in the last few years. Realizing that war is a very organized thing; putting our education to the test in battles. The speaker's thought that such determined purpose and organization might be put into the service of peace. The speaker's disparate experiences of Canada here on a visit in 1909, and when he served with the Canadians in France. Changing the form of the old bonds of Empire. The gradual handing over of functions from the mother country to the Dominions, as a result of co-operative action. Now Canada a complete nation. Effects on Imperial relations of such developments. Giving scope for the two feelings of Empire and nationality side by side. How the experience of the war has proved profitable in this regard. Maintaining the unity of the Empire provided that we have a constant interchange of ideas and of men to mold our general development to a common purpose. The speaker in Canada for the purpose of going back and letting his country know what the real Canada is. Hoping for exchanges for research work; that we may achieve real unity of purpose, working in sympathy to a common goal. Developing the point that we are adding to sentiment something which is sensible. Improved relations that are coming to exist between the universities and the world of business. Applying this to the original problem, the relation between the old country and the new. The aspect of common responsibility by the old country and the new for their young citizens. A suggestion of but a very little contribution to a big problem. Coming to feel that the course of trade depends on understanding by one country, of the commercial wants of the other. Imperial preference not enough if you do not understand the wants of the other country, because then surely you must lose the trade. The idea of mutual understanding, beginning at the schools, permeating right through the different classes of the business world to find that by the increase of common knowledge you will have got a wonderful fertilizing source of further trade. Canada's nationality.