Sunday, February 28, 2010

Brief Description about Wilfrid Laurier

He was great leader who once proclaimed “The nineteenth century was the century of the United States. I think that we can claim that it is Canada that shall fill the twentieth century.” Canada was greatly while he was the prime minister of Canada.During the crisis of Boer war, English Canadians argued that Canada should support Britians colony, while French argued that Canada should stay away from conflicts. The prime minister settled the argument by allowing people who were willing to battle. Eventually, around 10000 Canadians fought in Boer war. Laurier argued Alberta and Saskatchewan, should have a Roman Catholic school system supported by taxes, much like the Ontario education system. Clifford Sifton, Canada’s Minister of the Interior, resigned over this proposal. He was often referred to as the ‘master of compromise due to the extensive amount of work he did on behalf of the Canadians. In 1911 he won British support for his proposal that Canada should not be bound by British treaties. Laurier argued that Canadian independence cannot be abused by Britain. In the 1911 federal election, Henri Bourassa’s Nationalist Party in Quebec and Robert Borden’s Conservatives defeated Laurier’s Liberals. Left with only 88 seats following the election, the Liberals were out of power and Robert Borden became prime minister.

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