Before the 100th anniversary meeting of Toronto's Board of Trade, lanky Lord Halifax touched off a political explosion that rocked all Canada.
Britain's Ambassador to Washington proposed a revolutionary change in the British Commonwealth of Nations: that the Dominions assume equal responsibility with Great Britain in the making of a common foreign policy.
Said he: "Not Great Britain only, but the British Commonwealth and Empire, must be the fourth power in that group upon which . . . the peace of the world will henceforth depend."
As South Africa's Jan Christiaan Smuts had...