• Short Summary

    Mackenzie King gives speech to both Houses of Parliament in Royal Gallery.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Canada's Premier addresses British Parliament".


    Various shots of Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King addresses members of both Houses of Parliament in the Royal Gallery at the Palace of Westminster. Winston Churchill is seen seated behind him, often with his head buried in his hands. Mr. King says in speech:

    "Britain has been an example to the world in the organisation of a free people for a common task. You have astonished the world by the marvels of your industrial production, and by the skill and efficiency of your workers. You have never lost your faith. It is, however, not of Britain but of Canada that I am expected to speak on this occasion. Canada's war effort is a voluntary effort. It is, therefore, an expression of a free people. Like the other nations of the Commonwealth at war today, we entered the war of our own free will; and not as a result of any formal obligation. Ours was not a response to a call of blood or men. It was the outcome of our deepest political instinct - a love of freedom and a sense of justice. Our first duty is to win the war. But to win the war, we must keep the vision of a better future. We must never cease to strive for its fulfilment. No lesser vision will enable us fittingly to honour the memory of the men and women who are giving their all for freedom and justice. In the realisation of this vision, the governments and peoples who owe a common allegiance to the Crown may well find the new meaning and significance of the British Commonwealth and Empire. It is for us to make of our association of free British nations a model of what we hope the whole world will some day become".

    Mr King receives a standing ovation from audience of politicians gathered.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:38:00 / 01:10:00:00

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