Excerpt from The Kingdom of Canada, Imperial Federation, the Colonial Conferences the Alaska Boundary, and Other Essays I am very glad to have an opportunity of addressing the Canadian Club, but I find much greater gratification in the fact that there is a Canadian Club to address. Effects do t occur without causes, and it is interesting to inquire into the meaning of the somewhat sudden rise of these clubs, of this phemenal desire for the study of our political situation, of this simultaneous eagerness for enlightenment with reference to the problems that confront us. To my mind the explanation is very simple. Canada has commenced to realize herself, to believe in herself, and to recognize that for her, too, there is a principal part to play upon the stage of the world. Canada has become conscious of the feelings and aspirations and the strong strivings of strenuous manhood, and, on the other hand, of the utter impossibility of full expression and assertion in mere colonial status. Divine discontent (the necessary pre-condition of all improvement), in regard to her political semi-servitude, has taken strong hold upon Canada, and she is taking stock, and extending the figures, and considering where she w is, and what her future is to be. In my opinion that is the meaning of these clubs; t social clubs are they, r political, but student clubs; meetings, at short intervals, of serious men for the purpose of helping one ather to resolve those problems of national life which are w pressing themselves upon us. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.