Wilfred Laurier

Born: Nov 20, 1841 AD
Died: 1919 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Politician

1841 - Born in Saint Lin Canada East on the 20th of November.

1864 - Laurier earned a Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill University's Faculty of Law in Montreal, Quebec. He graduated Valedictorian.

1874 - Laurier was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the election, serving briefly in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie as Minister of Inland Revenue.

1887 - Chosen as leader of the Liberal Party, he gradually built up his party's strength with his personal following in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada.

1896 - He led the Liberal Party to victory in the election.

1896 - Laurier's first acts as Prime Minister was to implement a solution to the Manitoba Schools Question, which had helped to bring down the Conservative government of Charles Tupper.

1899 - The United Kingdom expected military support from Canada, as part of the British Empire, in the Second Boer War.

1905 - Laurier oversaw Saskatchewan and Alberta's entry into Confederation, the last two provinces to be created out of the Northwest Territories.

1911 - Remained prime minister until the party's defeat in the election.

1917 - He was an influential opponent of conscription, which led to the Conscription Crisis of and the formation of a Union government, which Laurier refused to join for fear of having Quebec fall in the hands of nationalist Henri Bourassa.

1919 - Died on the 17th of February and was buried in Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.

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