Canada in Britain
Returned migrants and the Canada Club
in Emigrant homecomings
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Returned migrants who were members of the Canada Club were able to hear first-hand accounts of colonial affairs, and could continue to participate in Canadian concerns after their retirement to another country. Some colonial officials were loathe to relinquish connections and influential posts in Canada until they had made a full commitment to a permanent home in Britain. According to the biographer of British merchant and politician Edward Ellice, the primary reason for its formation was 'to pressure the government on behalf of colonial commerce'. With involvement in the settlement scheme of the North American Colonial Association of Ireland and the New Brunswick Land Company, it is clear that several Club members were investors in or aware of opportunities for land speculation. Many of the men had close connections with Montreal or Quebec commercial interests, set up as a consequence of earlier fur trading activities.

Emigrant homecomings

The return movement of emigrants, 1600–2000

Editor: Marjory Harper

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