Hearst, Sir William; Wilkinson, Ellis H.; Davies, Rev. Trevor H.
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A review of the year by Mr. Hearst, and some words about The Empire Club. President-Elect Wilkinson then spoke briefly about his predecessors and about the coming year. Mr. J. Black Perry, a past president of The Empire Club, thanked Sir William Hearst for his service as President. Dr. Davies was then introduced by President Wilkinson who spoke on "Our Nation Considered as an Ethical Idea."
Seeking that distinctive tendency which constitutes the real unity of our nation, and in discovering which we may forecast, with some confidence, our destiny, and understand the specific contribution which it may be given to Canada to render to the general life and task of civilization. The meaning of nation. A nation's "mission," with examples throughout history. The contribution of Great Britain to demonstrate to the world the immense power that lies in the concerted action of free citizens. Tracing, in the history of Canada, her contribution. The harmonizing of two principles: local independence, and an ever-widening principle of co-operation. A look back to July, 1867 and what happened in Canada on that day. What Canada has achieved. Provincial individuality and national unity. Canada's part in the establishment of the Britannic Commonwealth of nations. Discovering the creative idea that is deep-seated in our national frame. Proceeding further from the harmonizing of those two principles. The next step: the establishment of a world-state, a world-state which shall transcend national barriers. Civilization lost to us today. Going back to find our road. The terrible alternative. The next war one on civilization itself. The goal of a Federation without the abolition of national integrity and independence. Two suggested methods. Bringing an end to the strife of conflict.