Some Impressions of Empire Settlement
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 21 Sep 1922, p. 208-226
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Some Impressions of Empire Settlement


Now a time when cohesive interest and co-operative effort essential to the good of the Empire. The duties of the speaker's office, the key-note being one of service. Three bonds which have attached the speaker to Great Britain: the natural bond of inherited instinct; the bond of sentiment which he acquires and appreciates more as he grows older and knows more about the people; the bond of charm, under which there are many things. Some characteristics of the British people. A discussion in three parts: the moral attitude, the material attitude, and the geographical attitude of Empire settlement. True patriotism in the Empire really a duty to our neighbour, and how that is so. The speaker's response to the question of how far it is safe for us to trust, to people of other races, British ideals and the fundamentals which underlie British life and society. Our moral obligation to the present, to both young and old, and to the future. The suggestion that while we would welcome to our country all who are qualified under the immigration regulations, the vote should go only to those who will receive instruction, and qualify by examination. The immediate elimination of all the foreign-women vote and all the foreign element by such a course. What has happened in the United States as a result of opening the gates of immigration. The material attitude. Material success going hand in hand with moral cultivation. The problems of British trade. The speaker's belief that the solution lies in a greater realization, on the part of the British public, of the wonderful resources within her own Empire, especially Canada. Looking with confidence and co-operation to the development of our own material resources. The geographical situation, i.e., the matter of distribution of population. Who emigrates, and the three or four things which induce it. Canada's requirements for the present agricultural in nature. Characteristics Canada is seeking in the agricultural worker. Encouraging the importation of children to Canada. The role of the Barnardo institution. The speaker's proposal to form "The Ontario Farmer Cadets," and how such an organization would work. Applying such a scheme of the Girl Guide Movement. Finances required for such a scheme. Two objections to Canada, and the speaker's response. Work and thrift as the qualities that will meet the situation profitably and successfully.