EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Drew, Lieutenant-Colonel George A.
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Reference to previous addresses by the speaker. Canada today. The almost limitless resources at our disposal. Development in all directions. Few limits to the opportunities open to the youth of Canada if we only organize efficiently for the future. Sir Frederick Banting as an example of the heights to which Canadians may rise. The lesson of co-operation that is emerging from this war. Failures due to lack of co-operation and co-ordination. Canada's part to play in a united Empire. The sacrifices for which victory will call. The need for a new motto: "A United Canada in a United British Empire." Dangers of complacency. Canada's complicated government structure. Disorganization and confusion in the business relationships between the Dominion and Provincial Governments. A discussion of the constitutional problem. Power of the Dominion Government to occupy any field of legislation and any field of taxation which has any bearing whatever upon the effective prosecution of this war. Control Board set up, dealing with what would ordinarily be property and civil rights. Controls that would normally fall under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Government. The nonsense it is to talk of the danger of losing provincial rights in these circumstances. The impossibility of the Provincial Governments to prepare a budget which is anything but the wildest guess unless there is some working arrangement with the Dominion Government in regard to the probable course of action for the ensuing year. Revenues from the sale of gasoline and liquor. The possibility of rationing for these items. Other effects of the war upon our constitutional system of government. The lack of normal foreign markets for our agricultural products. Farmers living under a "controlled economy." The urgent need for some working arrangements between the Dominion and Provincial Governments which will co-ordinate the handling of agricultural products right from the producer to the consumer. The position of labour. Full control of all matters affecting labour by the Dominion Government under the Mobilization Act. The problem of creating some effective plan for the rehabilitation of veterans of this war and the re-employment of men and women now in war industries. Much to be done in Canada. The speaker's suggestion that this critical situation can be dealt with by joint discussion between representatives of the different governments of Canada, and in no other way. Looking at the situation as a business proposition, with some specific suggestions for Committees. The need to stimulate a spirit of Canadian unity. Two courses before us, and only two. Canada at the greatest crossroads in our history. One road to disunity and unhappiness, the other to strength and prosperity.