Foster, Hon. George E.
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The trend of Empire, which interests us all but not, as far as the speaker is concerned, as much as it ought. Ways in which the Empire of Great Britain is unique. The trend of Empire divided into three parts: the long, long period of preparation; the period of wonderful and unexampled expansion, which is a comparatively short period; the present period in which we live, in which it would seem that the old lust for conquest has given way entirely to a period of consolidation and development. In that last period three different trends, which the speaker calls the trend of Empire. They are: the trend towards the ever-growing freedom and comparative autonomy of the different units of the Empire; the trend towards keeping up what already is perhaps the dominant idea-- a co-ordination of all the units of the Empire in a central and Imperial system; that which compels us, and holds us towards the centre of the Empire and binds us together into one. All that we have today absolutely proffered and thrown upon us as the result of a policy which is as wide as the Empire is and which is as old as this period of organization and consolidation to which the speaker has referred. The third trend which we ought not to lose sight of: A perceptible advance in one direction, a continuous well-defined, absolutely evident progress in this, that the enfranchised, and the enfreedomed units of the Empire have been constantly asked to take greater participation and greater interest in the Imperial direction of affairs, within the Empire as a whole. The gaining of our fiscal autonomy: asking in what way we have gained it, and what it is. The speaker's response and review. Remembering that whilst we talk of our freedom and our autonomy, we must limit it by a phrase; a constitutional and local autonomy that we have, and only have and can only have, and it is an autonomy which was given to us by the highest power of the Empire itself. The issue of Parliamentary representation. The speaker's whole argument today that the time has come when we should take these matters into serious consideration, and know as far as we possibly can where we are bound for and be able to ask for a ticket to a place for which we are heading, and to which we wish to get. Holding to the Imperial trend. The speaker's wish to see Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the other co-ordinated parts of the Empire all working together on common Christian lines, to push forward this Evangel of Empire and civilization and Christianity which we have known so much of in the past, which has done such a great work for the world of the past, and which ought to do an infinitely greater work for the world of the future.