Annual Dinner of the Empire Club of Canada.
The progress of the principles and policy of Imperialism over the year. A review of what the speaker finds are the influences now working in Canada toward closer and better relations or which in recent years have aided in that direction. A list is offered of the following, with details and examples. The personal influence of the Sovereign in promoting loyal and appreciation of the Throne as the pivot upon which rests the constitution and unity of the Empire. The influence wielded by the Governor-Generalship. The holding of Colonial Conferences. The increasing number of visits to Canada by distinguished men. The evolution of a new sense of responsibility in foreign affairs. The reform of the postal rates. The Canadian preferential tariff. The increasing investment of British money in Canada; The growing number of joint Imperial undertakings. The large emigration of people from the United Kingdom to Canada. The influence of the South African War and its memories. The function of such organizations as the Canadian Clubs. The work of such bodies as the Daughters of the Empire, the British Empire League, the Canadian Defence League, and the Empire Club of Canada. Two things of an Imperial character which might well be carried out in this the Coronation year.
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