Will the Suggested Seven-Power Treaty Take the Place of the Protocol?
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 26 Mar 1925, p. 154-166
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Will the Suggested Seven-Power Treaty Take the Place of the Protocol?


Asking about the public opinion in Canada in reference to the Protocol, one of the most important documents dealing with the peace and security of the world which any government or people has ever been called upon to consider. The lack of knowledge of the provisions and implications of the Protocol in Canada. The general lack of interest of international moment affecting Canada by Canadians, and to what that is due. Reminding ourselves that everything that vitally affects the British Empire affects directly or indirectly the Dominion of Canada and that we should take a keen interest in them. Appealing for a more widespread interest in the discussions and considerations of international affairs. Germany's proposal for a treaty of mutual assurance with the powers interested in the Rhine frontier and strong support for it from Great Britain. Excerpts from a statement of the provisions of the treaty, made by Mr. Chamberlain in the House of Commons on Tuesday last. An analysis and review of the provisions. Mr. Chamberlain's statement that Germany's proposal may constitute a new starting point for European peace. Opposition from the Governments of Poland and Czecho-Slovakia. The great difficulties facing the French Government in dealing with these proposals. Canada's attitude toward the German proposals. An examination of the Protocol and of Germany's proposal, clearly showing that one is not a substitute for the other. Principal criticism of the Protocol in Great Britain and objection taken by the Government of Canada against the provisions for the imposition of economic and military sanctions. The speaker's expression of regret that the British Empire as a whole did not see its way clear to go further in support of the principles of the Protocol than Mr. Chamberlain's statement indicated. Canada's position, not wholly negative. The speaker's suggestion as to the most valuable single provision in the Protocol; the one which provided for the acceptance of the compulsory jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of International Justice in justiciable disputes. Canada's acceptance of compulsory jurisdiction. The Government of Canada, prepared to consider methods of supplementing the provisions of the Covenant for the settlement of non-judiciable issues reserving ultimate decision in domestic issues. Canada's willingness to participate in any general conference on the reduction of armaments. The problems of arbitration, disarmament and security, which must be discussed and debated at the next Assembly of the League of Nations. The intention of the British Government to ask the delegates who represent the Dominions at the next Assembly of the League to meet in London prior to the meeting of the Assembly, to discuss these grave problems together, with a view to seeing if common ground could be reached.