A United Canada
Publication:
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 27 Nov 1919, p. 430-441


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A United Canada


The British Empire, a free association of free nations bound together of our own accord, and by strengthening and developing this part of the British world, thereby contributing to advancing our common ideals and our common interest. Contributing effectively, truly and heartily to a closer union between our two races as our first duty as Canadians, and also as British citizens. Our division, our bitter racial controversies, our class and clan antagonisms, as shown in our Canadian newspapers. The need to undertake at once in the schools, in the press, on the platform, everywhere, in all groups, literary or popular, in all classes and races to create and to develop a true and effective patriotism. Why we are divided. Examples of countries whose people speak two languages which illustrate that toleration and fair play is the only solid basis for the strength and prosperity of nations. Applying this lesson to ourselves. A review of the relationship between French and English Canadians. What prevents us from living not only as good neighbours, but also as friends and partners. Instances of two men who were loyal to both their country and their native province: Laurier and Baldwin. An examination of patriotism. The home of both the French-Canadian and the Loyalist. Working for a United Canada; how to realize such a union. A practical lesson: some specific suggestions which would enable the Ontarians and Quebecers to become better acquainted with one another.