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TO COMMEMORATE THE 5th CONGRESS OF CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE OF THE EMPIRE. MONTREAL AUG.17th to 20th 1903

Rev: BOARD of TRADE BUILDING INAUGURATED AUG. 1903. BIRKS. Bronze 57mm.

 

The congress had its Ist ever meeting in London in 1886, the 2nd (1892), 3rd (1896) & 4th (1900) were also held in London.

This medal commemorates the 5th (1903) held in Montreal, Canada. A first for the Empire & Canada.

 

Nowadays Britain is in the EU. Canada is in NAFTA, Australia & New Zealand trade with the Asian countries. Back at the turn of the century things were so different. The congress of the chambers of commerce of the Empire obviously supported free trade with each other to the Empires benefit & of course Great Britains. More than this though they supported joint defence for the Empire, uniform labour practices & training, bankruptcy laws (enforceable across the Empire) and advised their respective governments as to laws & policies. This was a very powerful group.

 

The 6th (1906) back in London, 7th (1909) Sydney, Australia, 8th (1912) London, 9th (1920)Toronto.

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