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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

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  I then added orally that Great Britain and Canada must be greatly
interested in the broad program for economic rehabilitation in the
world and through it the restoration of conditions of permanent peace;
and that any individual trade agreement- between Great Britain and
Canada would not compare for a moment in importance with this big
objective. I stated that it was a most unpropitious juncture for Great
Britain and Canada to be even seemingly moving still further back-
wards toward nationalistic, economic policies, resembling the complete
closing up of the Empire like an oyster shell, speaking economically;
that this is apparently about to happen just as the American Con-
gress must consider insistent demands for the widest embargoes on all
credit and all goods of every kind to all belligerent countries in time
of war, to say nothing of the further fact that we are seeking an exten-
sion of the Reciprocity Trade Act 5 just at this time; that Great Britain
and Canada by an exhibition of ultra and extreme nationalism at this
particular time can very easily impede very greatly the whole move-
ment and program for restoration of normal, economic relationships
among nations and leave Europe to pursue her present course of
steadily increasing armaments, militarism, dictatorships and certain
catastrophe, either military or economic, or both, within another
year or two.
  I concluded by saying that the warmest spirit of friendship and
the strong belief that Great Britain and Canada are as much interested
in carrying forward and expanding the program for the improve-
ment and preservation of conditions of peace and economic well-being,
in lieu of the only alternative course in Europe along military lines,
prompted me to venture thus to call attention. I added that since the
present trade agreement 6 does not expire until August, there is ap-
parently nothing to prevent Great Britain and Canada from delaying
the signing of the proposed agreement at least until these broader and
vitally important aspects can be further discussed and considered if
                                                C[omeLs] H[uuL]
    The Secretary of State to the Minister in Canada (Armour)
No. 641                            WASHINGTON, January 19, 1937.
  SnI: I enclose a copy of my memorandum of a conversation I had
with the British Ambassador on January 17, 1937,7 to which is at-
'The Trade Agreements Act of June 12, 1934, was extended by Joint Resolution
of March 1, 1937; 50 Stat. 24.
' Signed at Ottawa August 20, 1932, British and Foreign State Papers, voL
cxxxv, p. 161.

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