Newbitt, Hon. Wallace
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Comments on Canada's willingness to protect the Mother Country. A sketch of the growth of Canada up to Confederation. The unrest among the farmers of the Northwest and throughout Ontario, and reasons for it. The Reciprocity Treaty of 1840 and the resulting jump in exports. Confederation in 1867. The purchase of the Hudson Bay territory in 1869. The agreement with British Columbia to build a railway. The first experiment in government ownership in the agreement to build the Intercolonial. Debt incurred for the National System. What government ownership has meant. The condition of things in 1867 and the difficulties of transportation, communication, etc. great than exist today in making all the outlying portions of the Empire one unit under the aegis of John Bull & Company. The story of the C.P.R. The present situation in Canada in terms of size. Succeeding in setting up nine Provinces. Cultivating a most thorough interchange of everything in the way of products within our own area. The issue of provincial autonomy and consequent trade difficulties. The suggestion for a harmonizing of provincial laws to ease the conduct of business. Canada's assets. A look at agriculture, timber, mineral wealth, fisheries. The need for immigration. The domestic situation in the Northwest. The work of a typical pioneer woman. The speaker's response to objections to specific nationalities as immigrants. The issue of trade unions. Outside problems. The folly of altering the absolute and untrammelled management of our own affairs. The question of trade representatives. Canadianizing, and what that means. Talk about the Privy Council. The speaker's belief that in terms of external relations, we should be content to go our ways quietly and slowly. An extract of a statement by William Lyon Mackenzie. A concluding thought and comment on patriotism in the Dominions.