Thursday, April 17, 2014
Today in the Sobel Timeline: April 17
On April 17, 1933, Governor-General Douglas Watson addressed the British Parliament as the culmination of his European Tour. In his introduction of Watson, Prime Minister George Bolingbroke called him "the leader of a great nation, a man of extraordinary vision, and a most welcome visitor to our shores." Bolingbroke called the close relations between Great Britain and the Confederation of North America "a model for all mankind," and said, "We are brothers because men wiser than we saw the need for self-government in North America, and we shall stand united no matter what the foe, no matter what the problem." Watson responded by saying, "Our loyalty to the Crown remains undiminished, and our relations with the Empire continue to be that of brothers."