Whatever policy is most liberal is most Christian; and Christianity has suffered enough already from association with political injustice. Only let a Christian legislator ask himself honestly what St. Paul would have done, and he will not be likely to go wrong.
“A Bystander,” in The Week (17 April 1884)
That Goldwin Smith’s change of address to Canada had a drastic effect upon his basic political philosophy is unlikely. Although he said that in his first adopted homeland, the United States, he was uncomfortable in offering opinions on its political and social life, he nonetheless did so for much of his career. He was eligible to run for political office in Canada and briefly considered it, but he never was, in fact, a candidate. As with the United States, he offered many opinions on Canadian politics. At the end of his life, however, he remained outwardly an Englishman and a Liberal, which he described as being of the old school. 1 Radicals of the early and mid-nineteenth century who lived into the new century automatically became old-fashioned, of course, but he was always difficult to categorize with complete assurance. In Canada, as the Manchester Guardian pointed out, he was “Tory on points where Canada was Radical; he was Radical, where it was Tory,” just as he had flourished as a reformer at Tory Oxford. 2