Barron, His Honour John A.
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The population of Germany today, and in ten year's time. Elbow room as a grave problem for Germany. Territorial acquisition still a profitable policy common to all countries having political ambition. Canada's restrictions against immigration from those of Oriental roots. Our laws of exclusion nothing but a cobweb of protection were it not for Great Britain standing behind Canada as the Big Policeman. The prestige of Great Britain today the great corner-stone of Empire. The need for Canada to jealously watch that she does nothing to weaken that corner-stone. Great Britain's sea power, confronted as it is today with a threatened German hegemony of Europe, to utterly fail of its purpose except for the policy of Lord Lansdowne, perfected by Sir Edward Grey. The issue of securing peace by being prepared for war. Words from Mr. J.S. Ewart, and the speaker's response to them. Underprizing the fact that when Canada makes a treaty, England signs it, and England maintains it. How long a Canadian treaty would last if Canada stood alone to enforce it. One of the consequences of Empire that as all must benefit in common, all must suffer in common. The suggestion for Canada's financial contribution to the British Navy. Disadvantage of such a contribution on its own. Alternative plans and proposals for contribution. What our autonomy tells us to do. What Australia does. Asking why Canada cannot do the same as Australia, subject to her changed conditions. A local naval force as much necessary for home defence as is a military force. How a local naval defence contribution to Imperial strength. Canada to preserve her own identity; to have a fleet which in time of peace would be under our own political control; in time of war to pass under the strategic command of the Admiralty.