Vincent, Colonel Sir C.E. Howard
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A discussion of the present condition of the Empire, the best means of furthering its interests in east and west and north and south, the advancement of trade, of commerce, and of peace. The interests of Canada and of a united Empire, and how those two interests go together. A map is displayed during this address, which shows what the British Empire might be with a proper regard to its mutual interests; the drawing of its bonds closer by the advancement of commerce for mutual benefit. Of what the British Empire consists. A view of the Empire as it might be. Viewing ourselves as members of a whole Empire, whose interests are united, whose united interests must ever be the concern of the Imperial Government, and of all other Governments within the Empire. What connects the Empire now. The question as to whether it would be possible to make this bond more solid: a consideration. Taking counsel together as to how this may be accomplished. Casting our minds back 50-60 years to see an entirely different state of affairs to that which prevails at the present time. The lack of adoption by nations of a system of free imports; the spectacle we see now one of tariffs raised higher and higher against us in every foreign country, and heavy fiscal barriers even in the Colonies of the British Empire. Asking whether such a state of affairs can continue. The alternative system of Preferential trade within the Empire. The formation of the United Empire Trade League, grounded in that system 20 years ago, to develop trade within the Empire, a mutually advantageous trade on a preferential basis. Ways in which Canada has led the way. Seeing Canada's hands freed from the treaties which prevented inter-commercial union, and hindered the Colonies from giving a preference to British goods over foreign goods. Effects of such a policy. Looking forward to greater preferences in South Africa and Australia. Some observations as to the course of affairs at the speaker's home. Apparent difficulties in making material headway in this matter. A review of relevant events in England. The coming election in the United Kingdom. Urging the motto "Britain for Britons, British trade for British hands, British markets for British producers."