Academic journal article Alberta History

Englishmen in Canada, 1910

Academic journal article Alberta History

Englishmen in Canada, 1910

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There is a strong prejudice against Englishmen in the Dominion. Everyone must admit that. Every Englishmen, before he gets a start at any occupation in this country, has difficulty in overcoming this antipathy. It is not right that it should be so, but we might as well face the fact. The explanation has been often given in this country. But it is likely to prove more useful if those in the old land come to appreciate what has led to the unfortunate situation that prevails. Dr. Gray, the head of Bradfield College, who has been giving the subject close attention, addressed himself to it. He said:

"Canada is calling to us to send her some of our best sons, and in many cases, I am sorry to say, we have sent our worst. When sons have been failures in the home or at school, parents have imagined that they will find a happy hunting ground, or at any rate a refuge, in a land where there is more elbow room. Never was a mistake more prodigious, never more hurtful to the reputation of England. Wastrels, loafers, and remittance men -- they are the eyesores in a land that wants men. By supporting a scheme of encouraging the best type of public school man to emigrate, we shall be assuring Canadians that they are receiving our best boys, stamped with the certificate of the head master. …

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