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The First Labour Government Of Great Britain

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PRESIDENT BURNS introduced the Speaker.MRS. SNOWDEN.Friends, (if I may say so),--I count it a very great honour to be the guest of two organizations of such distinguished reputation as those represented here this afternoon and I am glad to be in the presence of so many who can help me to achieve the more important part of what I conceive to be my mission, if mission be the right word, in this great and amazing country of yours--to learn what it is possible to learn in a limited time about Canada, its people, its institutions and its problems. There is grave misunderstanding of Canada in many parts of the homeland, and that misunderstanding is due in a very large measure to lack of that personal contact and personal knowledge which are essential for the proper understanding of anybody or anything. I take it from your choice of a subject for today's address that you agree with this point of view.I am not so foolish as to imagine that you have chosen that I shall address you briefly upon the topic of the first Labour Government of Britain because--------------------------------------------------------Mrs. Snowden is the wife of the Right Honourable Philip Snowden, M.P., who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in the first Labour Government. She is the author of "Through Bolshevik Russia," "A Political Pilgrim in Europe." In 1920 she studied conditions in Russia and reported adversely on the Bolshevik regime. She is familiar with conditions in France, Palestine, Egypt, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and has reported on them to the International Conferences.--------------------------------------------------------you are supporters of the principles and ideas which that Government represented; but I do not care in the very least about that. The only thing that matters is that the facts shall be known, and that if we cannot agree about those we shall-honest and sincere people all-agree to differ, which is almost the whole of the law and the prophets."In dealing with this extraordinarily big theme in a very short time, it would be idle to pretend that I can do more than touch the very fringe of a very small number of points related to the main topic; but I should like to begin, if I may, by removing one of the misunderstandings that, in my travel across this continent, I have discovered to be fairly widespread--I mean the association of the British Labour Movement with the Bolshevik Party of Russia. Those who happened to be in Great Britain at the time of the last General Election are perfectly well excused for holding so wrong a view. The word "Bolshevik" was the word most frequently heard at that time. It was heard applied to so great a variety of personalities that it really was puzzling to the hearer to know what it really meant. I, myself, who have written more and spoken oftener against Bolshevism than any living British person was described in some quarters as a Bolshevik during this campaign. As a matter of fact, the use by most individuals of the...

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