Birge, Cyrus A.
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This address was delivered from Mss. Previously prepared, and delivered before the Commercial Club, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Speaking from the viewpoint of a loyal Canadian. Canada's history which led up to the federation of what was at one time a series of scattered provinces into one great Dominion, peacefully accomplished. Canada, ready to do her part in making her own history and developing her share of the great North American continent. Canada, working side-by-side with the United States. Honouring the United States and their people. Canada's relations with the Motherland. Finding in the U.S. misapprehension as to the relations that exist between Canada and Great Britain, with instances. Clearing up these errors. Loyal sentiment as the bond that holds Canada to Great Britain. Canada as a free nation. The Preferential Tariff as another feature of Canada's relations with Great Britain. Canada's relations with the United States as most friendly. Our ties of neighbourhood, of mutual interest, of race and kinship. The issue of Annexation. The mistaken notion that there is a strong annexation sentiment in Canada. The issue of Reciprocity with Canada. The lack of a responsive chord in Canada with regard to this issue. The possibility that American have been misled by the utterances of one of Canada's members of Parliament, Mr. John Charlton. Assurances by the speaker that Mr. Charlton does not voice Canadian sentiment on this question. The lack of advantages to Canada under Reciprocity. The U.S. having shown no favours to Canada commercially and Canada owing no favours in return. Advocates of Reciprocity and the speaker's response to them. A denial that the U.S. manufacturers control the Canadian market. Canada no longer desiring Reciprocity with the U.S. Canada's interests as Canada's first consideration, as it must be with the United States. Much that binds us together in the development, each in our own way, of the great heritage that has come to us through our common ancestry. Looking forward to seeing "beyond industrial competitions and preferential tariffs, that harmony which will make us all one under the common liberty and institutions of our race."