Collection MG H 105 - Sir Wilfred Laurier

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Sir Wilfred Laurier

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CA UNB MG H 105

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  • [1895-1900] (Creation)
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    Laurier, Sir Wilfred, Prime Minister
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    Photocopied [after 1900]

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1.3 cm of textual records

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(1841-1919)

Biographical history

Lawyer, journalist and politician, Wilfred Laurier was born at St-Lin, Canada East on 20 November 1841. In 1864 he received a law degree from McGill and then practised in Montréal. Within a few years he was living in Arthabaska where he ran the newspaper "Le Défricheur" in which he upheld the Parti Rouge's anti-Confederation stance. A former vice-president of the Institut Canadien in Montréal, he became the Liberal member for Drummond-Arthabaska in the Québec legislature in 1871.

By 1874 Laurier had resigned his position in the legislature, changed his position on Confederation, and was sitting in the House of Commons. In 1887 he became the leader of the Liberal Party and held that post until 1919. On 23 June 1896 he defeated Conservative Party leader Charles Tupper to become prime minister of Canada. During his tenure, which lasted until 1911, Laurier faced such issues as separate schools in Manitoba, free trade, the South African War, the creation of a Canadian navy, and railway construction. The first Canadian prime minister of Québec ancestry died of a stroke in Ottawa on 17 February 1919.

Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia, 1988

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Wilfred Laurier

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This collection consists of photocopies of 3 groups of correspondence:

1. With respect to the Intercolonial Railway
2. With respect to the 1900 general election
3. To and from A. G. Blair of New Brunswick

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  • English

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