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Vladimir Putin

Willingdon, His Excellency Viscount

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. Some personal background and history of the speaker. Limitations on the subject matter of the speaker's addresses due to his present official position. The speaker's first impressions on his arrival in Canada. The wonderful kindness and evidences of friendship which the speaker has been shown. The general feeling and spirit of the people of Canada; one of optimism and confidence in the future. The dependency on the successful results of the harvests, especially from our vast grain-growing areas in the West, for the prosperity of our country. The increasingly good returns on the receipts of Canada's great railway systems. Progress in Canada's commercial and industrial developments. Response to some gloomy forebodings as to Canada's future, owing to the fact that much of its development is being influenced through the enterprise of our neighbours in the United States. The speaker's one-word motto for his residence in Canada: "co-operation." A discussion of three aspects of the word "co-operation": international co-operation; co-operation within the British Empire; co-operation within Canada itself. What is being achieved through the great and valuable work of the League of Nations. The positive results of the Imperial Conferences. The desire to get a more intimate personal knowledge of all the Empire's different parts, and ways to do so. The great scheme for establishing an Imperial chain of telegraphic communication between all parts of the Empire. The joy of travelling in the British Empire and seeing what has been accomplished. A recommendation of a journey to India. Co-operation within Canada. The last of the speaker's first impressions: the need for capital, and for people in Canada.