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Nunn-May, R.; McDonald, T.P.; Molson, A.H.; Reed, Paul
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Mr. A.H. Molson, New college, Oxford, President of the Oxford Union, the Oxford Carleton Club and Conservative Association:
Finding the British language, British ideals and British institutions far away from England. The question of the foreign relations of the Empire. Pointing out the tendencies of the past, particularly during the last six years since the War. The question of the future organization so far as the foreign policy of the Empire is concerned, is going to be left entirely in the hands of the Dominions. The principle laid down at the 1918 Imperial Conference. The British Empire Delegation at the Peace Conference in Paris, and how Dominion representatives participated. The Locarno agreement as a turning point in the history of the foreign relation of the British Empire, and how that is so. The difficulty for the Mother Country to reconcile her obligations to Europe and her obligations to the Empire. The speaker not sure that the British Dominions are under any obligations as far as the Locarno treaty is understood. The British Dominions not to be bound unless consented a radical departure from precedent, and how that is so. Possible concern in Canada for disputes which may break out between France and Germany. Implications of the Locarno agreement; an imagined scenario. The difference between the position of Canada in the eyes of her friends and the position of Canada in the eyes of the League of nations as the single clear instance which shows the great change which has recently come over the constitution of the British Empire. Why all foreign relations are carried on through the British Foreign Office which has proven quite a satisfactory instrument for the Dominion. Different representatives of the different members of the British Commonwealth of Nations in the Assembly of the League, with a policy not necessarily common to each other. The British Constitution as it relates to the Dominions absurd, ridiculous, but continuing to work.
Something of the future prosperity and unity of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Doing "everything within our power to create among the younger generation knowledge and understanding of history and geography of the Empire as a whole, so that on that basis of information and knowledge the young citizens may retain the same feeling of sentimental attachment which is so evident to us in every part of Canada through which we pass." The benefits of the system of Rhodes Scholarships to Canada, the other Dominions, and to the Mother Country. A valuable extension of the scheme to send young men and women from the Old Country to Universities in the Dominions. The benefits of travel to the universities of the Continent before settling down to his life's career. Strengthening the bonds of Empire by the real understanding and knowledge of the problems, the people, the geography, and the conditions of development of each constituent.
A great impression of Canada's natural resources. Canada not yet begun to develop. The very best type of immigrant. The need for a policy of training men for agriculture work, and for trained men from the farms in other countries.
The experiment that is the British Empire. Dealing with our problems b y thinking hard on them, and realizing that our difficulties offer new problems that must be solved by new methods. Talk about the decadence of Britain, or England. Unemployment figures. Working out problems in the sincerest possible way, and finding that we can make the British Empire work not only to our advantage but to that of humanity as a whole.