Excerpt from a radio address given by Dr.R.C.Wallace (DO 131/47)
Before the Government supported plan was put into operation, children were being received in Canada under purely private auspices. Parents overseas sent them to their relatives or friends here. University families received children from university families in Great Britain. So too, the medical fraternity, the engineers, the Rotarians, and other fraternaties stretched the hand of friendship across the sea. The fortitude and confidence of the people of Britain during these weeks of constant peril will live in history. The children who are with us are the sons and daughters of the men and women who are showing a spirit which fills our hearts with pride and gratitude. What we can do for these young people is small indeed when weighed against what their parents are doing for us. That service Canada is doing with a full heart.« Return to Evacuation to Canada
2. Read Source 2. Extract from a radio address given by Dr R.C. Wallace.
- What other forms of evacuation to Canada were there before the government plan?
- Can you explain what Dr Wallace means by saying: ‘What we can do for these young people is small indeed when weighed against what their parents are doing for us’?
- Why do you think Dr Wallace made this broadcast to Canadians?