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Title: The story of the Dominion : four hundred years in the annals of half a continent ; a history of Canada from its early discovery and settlement to the present time ; embracing its growth, progress and achievements in the pursuits of peace and war
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Hopkins, J. Castell (John Castell), 1864-1923
Publisher: Philadelphia : J. C. Winston
Contributing Library: University of British Columbia Library
Digitizing Sponsor: University of British Columbia Library
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hings from the men she has sent and is sending to thefront. Meantime, even the slightest opposition to the policy ofaiding the Empire had died out—in fact, its assertion would havebeen dangerous, or at least unpleasant, and when Parliament metearly in February the Government announced its intention of ask-ing a vote of ,000,000 for expenses in the despatch of the Con-tingents and for the payment after their return, or to the heirsof those who were killed, of an addition to the ordinary wage of theBritish soldier. This brief description of the events leading up to and illustratingCanadas action during an eventful period may be concluded by aquotation from the speech of the Hon. G. W. Ross, Prime Ministerof Ontario, at a banquet given in Toronto on December 21st, to Mr.J. G. H. Bergeron, M.P., of Montreal—a French-Canadian who hadexpressed in fervent terms what he believed to be the loyalty of hispeople to the British Crown. Mr. Ross declared in emphatic andeloquent language that:
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FIELD MARSHAL LORD ROBERTS AND FOUR CANADIAN OFFICERS WHO SERVEDWITH DISTINCTION IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR—IMPERIALISM IN CANADA 557 It is not for us to say that one or two Contingents should be sent to the Trans-vaal, but to say to Great Britain that all our money and all our men are at the disposalof the British Empire. It is not for us to balance (questions of Parliamentary procedurewhen Britains interests are at stake but to respond to the call that has been sentthroughout the whole Empire and to show that in this western bulwark of the Emjjirethere are men as ready to stand by her as were her men at Waterloo. It is not fur usto be pessimists, but to have undying faith in British power and steadily to maintain theintegrity of her Empire. I hope that the present strife may soon pass, and that, at itsclose, Canadians will feel that they have done their duty to the flag that has protected themand under whose paternal Government they have prospered in the past.
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