among whicli is a unanimous judgment of the Court of King's Bench delivered by Lord Chief Justice Mansfield in 1774.
But since by the statute of Westminster in 1931, which statute constituted a new charter for the nations comprising the six kingdoms, Canada has achieved a new status, from the constitutional point of view the most important event since confederation. And quoting . Dr. Maurice Ollivier in his book entitled "Problems of Canadian Sovereignty":
The statute of Westminster was therefore the confirmation of the Balfour declaration at the imperial conference of 1926 to the effect that the dominions had now become "autonomous communities witiiin the British empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another, in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by a common allegiance to the crown and freely associated as members of the British commonwealth of nations."
Therefore the appellation which may have been considered appropriate before 1931 cannot any longer be used to designate properly either our country or the day devoted to its national holiday. Furthermore, "dominion" is surely not an identification which is proper to make Canada known in its true perspective, or in 8ny way at all either to Americans or to other peoples of the world. May I quote here my best authority, our distinguished Prime Minister:
Incidentally, may I say that the time has come to cease speaking of "the dominions" as if they were some peculiar half-fledged type of community, and all alike in their interests and views. Such a usage leads to confusion at best, and to alibis and misrepresentation at worst. South Africa is South Africa, New Zealand is New Zealand, Australia is Australia and Canada is Canada'.
Replacing the word "Dominion" by the word Canada, as far as our national holiday is concerned, will at least provide Canadians travelling outside of our country with * an answer when quizzed about our national holiday-that there is a Canada day and it is on July 1, and on no other day; because for so many strangers Dominion day may as well mean New Zealand day.
The time has come, I firmly believe, our valiant men of the three armed forces having put Canada in the limelight all over the world during the conflict which has just ended, when the name of Canada should be kept in the ears and in the eyes of mankind, and at least of Canadians. Because, for a great many loyal new Canadians and perhaps for a greater number of our older citizens and their posterity, Dominion day means no more than an ordinary bank holiday. Surely it is not too early to try to give the idea to all Canadians that on July 1 they commemorate their
national holiday in a true Canadian way, and that their citizenship is being given a significance on that day. I believe that Canada day bears out that message better than Dominion day.