faction by those Englishmen and Colonists who wish to seC the waste places of
the Empire filled up by an industrious population."
Turn to page 6:-
" It is undoubtedly a matter of pride to Canadians that a kindred people
should in the course of a century of national existence have made auch |
remarkable material, as well as intellectual progress."
Now look at page 7:-
"In the past the victory has been with the United States, and it must be
admitted that the world has gained much by the success of the Republic in
building up newo States through the aid of European emigrants. Canadians
themselves areproud of such brilliant achievements, and believe that it illustrates
the career of their own country in the immediate future, if it has anything
like fair play in the race on which it has entered."
Again on page 27:-
" A few words in conclusion as to the future of a country whose progress
not only illustrates the energy but the social elevation of the people. The
Confederation is only in its infancy, and yet it is proving ifs capacity for
But we saw above that all depends on the interest England may
take in us. We have been told that the past history of the States
indicates what the future of Canada is to be, and that the Confederation
is proving its capacity for national expansion. National expansion, if it '
means anything, means rising to the force and dignity of a nation. Well
on page 28 we read:--
I" Impe'ial connection is still the motive power in Canadian legislation;
and though clianges may be demanded in years to come more commensurate
with that higher position Canada nmust occupy in a not very distant future,
yet there is everv reason to believe that those changes can be made so as to
give greater strength to the Eimpire, and at the same time open up a wider
field to the ambition of the Canadiatn people. Perhaps the time may come
when the Imperial State will find in the Federal system of the Canadian
provinces a constitutional solutiotn which will settle many national difficulties
and give that unity to the Empire which it now certainly has not. Such a
solution may be only the dream ofenthusiasts; and yet there are not a few
men already, both in the parent State and its dependencies, whose aspirations I *
take so patriotic a direction."
Here we have Mr. Blake's hobby horse of Imperial Federation. If
Imperial Federation were the desired ultimate destiny of the Empire, a *
Canadian National Spirit is the last thing that would be desirable. If a
National Spirit becomes strong, active, pervasive, Canada will become a
nation, and if she becomes a nation, she will have to work out her des-
tiny as a nation.
And now to see Mr. Bourinot " fall flat " as Caliban says:
On page 29 our author cries :-
" But it is in the' llving present' thatCanada has now the deepest interest, d