Academic journal article Alberta History

Englishmen in Canada

Academic journal article Alberta History

Englishmen in Canada

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Professor Grant, of Oxford, who is a Canadian by birth and extraction, entertained the members of the Imperial and Colonial Club, in London, for an hour last night in discussing "The Englishmen in Canada." It was easy, after listening to Professor Grant, to understand why a prejudice has arisen in Canada against English immigrants.

He traced the history of this prejudice from the time when young men of good family, good manners, small brains, and smaller capacity for work, and a cultivated taste in whisky, used to be sent out by their parents. Many of these developed habits of borrowing from the good-hearted Canadians on the strength of a "remittence" coming from home. In time they became known as "remittance men." Of late the increasing tide of emigration and the improvements in locomotion have done something to obliterate the idea, but a new prejudice, mostly confined to the towns, has arisen.

It appeared from the lecturer's examples that about 95 per cent of the English emigrants to Canada do well, some of them very well, but there is a percentage who fail. …

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