The North American Review Volume 185

The North American Review Volume 185

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...a resolution in favor of improving steamship communications between the different parts of the Empire, and approved in particular a scheme for organizing an "all-Empire trade route" connecting Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. These are all conspicuous achievements. They promote the unity of the Empire without unduly forcing it, and they disprove altogether the charge that the Government have been "unsympathetic" in their treatment of the Colonial Premiers and that the Conference has been a failure. It is, however, undeniable that the country, while still in favor of free trade, felt a passing mood of illogical discomfort when the Ministry was obliged to refuse the eloquent and unanimous request of the Colonial Premiers for Imperial Preference. The country could not do away with the feeling that there was something ungracious, and almost churlish, in that refusal; and I think it unquestionable that the enthusiasm engendered by the Conference, and the speeches of many of the Colonial Premiere at large provincial meetings, have stimulated the movement for Tariff Reform and won over many converts to Mr. Chamberlain's propaganda. Since I last wrote, the Government have brought in their Irish Bill, and the Nationalists, in convention assembled, have rejected it. I rather sympathize with their decision, even while I regret it. The Bill was a very moderate affair even for a measure, of Devolution. The Government were pledged not to bring in a Home-Rule Bill, and they fulfilled their pledge with unexpected literalness. The measure they introduced was neither Home Rule nor anything like it. " N o law, public or private," said Mr. Birrell, " can ever be made, at any time or in more

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  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 635g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236793803
  • 9781236793805