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VERSUS

THE AMERIGAN

SYSTEM OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.

BY

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A. H. F.

F. LEFROY, M.A. (oxon.)

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BARRISTER-AT-LAW.

Being a paper read before the Toronto Branch of the Imperial Federation

League on Thursday, December 18th, 1890.

TORONTO: WILLIAMSON & CO.,
PUBLISHERS, MDCCCXCI.

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Library
Univ. of Western
Ontario
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ONVINCED that to Canadians, of

the present generation especially, nothing can, from a public point of view, be of more importance than that we should possess an

adequate appreciation of the essene

tial features and the advantages of the British institutions, and for_. f popular liberty, under which we live, as compared with the institutions of the Americans, the writer

of the present paper ventures to publish it as a .

very modest contribution towards that end. It

at all events points out some of the more obvious characteristics of our British parliamentary system, as contrasted with the Congressional system of the

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THE BRITISH

VERSUS

THE AMERICAN

SYSTEM OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.

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HE policy of Imperial Federation or consolidation, involves necessarily very different considerations to the people of one part of the Empire, to what it does to those of another. To us in Canada it seems an almost universal opinion that this policy pre

sents itself as the only practicable alternative to that of continental union, or, as it is perhaps somewhat unfairly called, annexation to the United States. This being the case, I trust that the subject of this paper will not be considered foreign to the proceedings of a Canadian branch of the league. Nothing can be more certain than that, should the policy of continental union prevail, Canadians must come under the national

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