{ [ CANADA AND THE TRANSITION TO COMMONWEALTH: by Philip G Wigley

By Philip G Wigley

This booklet reports the relatives among Britain and Canada from the tip of the 1st global battle to the Imperial convention of 1926. it's involved largely with the issues of imperial co-operation and session in international affairs and defence coverage, and with the pressures constructing out of those difficulties to reformulate the constitutional relatives of england and her dominions. during interpreting Canadian makes an attempt to redefine empire-commonwealth relationships this ebook additionally throws clean mild at the evolution of British attitudes to the dominions in the course of those years. frequently there have been severe coverage disagreements in Whitehall - the Colonial place of work who prefer to conciliate, the international workplace to problem the abroad governments - and Dr Wigley, with shut recognition to authentic and personal papers, indicates sincerely that advancements during this interval owed way more to Britain's personal responses and priorities than has been formerly realised.

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The overseas representatives were no doubt gratified that Curzon's final report spoke of the need for further imperial consultations before any territorial bargains could be made with Britain's war allies. The sub11 12 The minutes of the Milner committee are in CAB 21/71; those of the Curzon committee are in CAB 21/77. CID, sub-committee on territorial changes. Minutes and interim reports of the committee are in CAB 16/36. 13 Constitutional affairs, 191J As discussions in the Imperial War Cabinet progressed from the immediate problems of the military conflict to the possible terms for peace, a variety of other issues less directly concerned with the war was examined in the Imperial War Conference, which assembled under the chairmanship of the colonial secretary on alternate days to the Imperial Cabinet.

D. for consultative purposes - and no doubt found in this another good reason for not pursuing his own policy too strenuously. D. meetings before the war, one held in August 1913 and the other in July 1914, and on neither occasion were matters of consequence to Canada discussed. In attendance at the latter meeting was George Perley, minister without portfolio (though a close colleague of the prime minister) whom Borden had sent to London to act temporarily as high commissioner and to resume discussions about naval defence - control of the Canadian Senate now seemed in the offing.

10 A more rewarding opportunity for tangible British-dominion consultations came at a later stage of the Imperial War Cabinet's proceedings, when after three weeks of appraising military affairs, the discussion turned to a consideration of possible conditions for a future settlement of peace. From the British point of view, consultation about peace terms was a practical necessity. Since any final peace treaty would be the product of an international conference, at which the dominions would understandably 10 A fuller treatment of the range of strategic discussion at the 1917 meetings is provided by G.

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