Peterson, Principal William
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[Synopsis only available.] A discussion of the issue of Canada's partnership and responsibilities as regards the British Empire. The speaker's statement that there is "too much talk, at the present time of the need for asserting our individual and separate existence, and of the inalienable rights and privileges of self-government. The speaker's desire to hear more of the other side of the story, the responsibilities of nationhood in a partnership of free states. True Imperialism in no way inconsistent with national aims and national aspirations. Reference to the Naval Service Bill. The speaker's suggestion that he hoped would reconcile both sides: that the momentous issue now before the country should be kept outside the sphere of party politics, and that a well-informed public opinion should assert itself in regard to it. Saying "if there is going to be trouble count on us to rally to your aid" not enough. Supporting the welfare of the Dominion. What Sir Wilfrid Laurier might do. The view of the British Admiralty. The Empire as the offspring of sea-power; the need for the Empire to be defended by all the sea-power that could be made available. The not very re-assuring outcome of the recent Conference on Imperial Defence. Suggestions as to what the Dominion Government of Canada could do to support the British Navy. Letting the component states of the British Empire stand together, with peace forever as the main interest, to present a united front against any possible foe.