Vladimir Putin

Nelson, John

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*Preoccupation of late in Canada with regard to her status; the inability of leaders to agree upon a definition of it. Recalling some services rendered us by other races, services too often forgotten by us, and mentioning some debts due them which we should acknowledge, even if we cannot pay. Our debt to Asia. Historical events that fired the ambition of Columbus, leading to the discovery of our continent. Cabot's "trip" over Newfoundland. The existence of a rich and cultured Asia and the quest for it that resulted in the discovery of America and Canada. Asia furnishing the motive; southwestern Europe furnishing the men. Persians, Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and other Mediterranean peoples as conquerors of the known world before our Teuton ancestors became dominant. The beginning of wisdom for us as Canadians to walk humbly and remember that among civilized races there are no inferior peoples. Tempering the harshness of our immigration regulations by recognizing in the unwelcome Oriental, the possible representative of a coming super-nation. Canadians more readily recognizing and conceding our debt to England and to France. Our inheritance f their feuds as well, and how that is so. Our fortunes involved with those of Europe and of the Motherland in various forgotten ways: an historical review. What might have happened on this continent, but didn't. Remembering motives and intentions of nations in the past. Benefits to Canada from European feuds, with several illustrative examples. Gratefully attributing our peaceful state in large measure to forgotten generations of nameless heroes in the British Isles (a quoted verse follows). Our instinct for freedom as another priceless heritage from our own ancestors, with illustration. The French Canadians and the United Empire Loyalists as the two greatest factors in maintaining here the British tradition, and in preserving Canada's national identity, and historical reasons for them. The way in which varied, and often antagonistic forces have contributed and sometimes converged to mould our national form as one of the most significant things in the story of Canada, with example. The story of Radisson, and others in the story of Canada; stories that teach us the lessons of gratitude, of humility, of goodwill, and of tolerance. Two monuments in Canada that span in the sentiments they express, the whole range of our spiritual development as a nation, and which stand, appropriately enough, thousands of miles apart, one at the old historic gateway to this country and the other on the far frontiers of the Northland. A motto for Canada.