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Banner: First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
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Wilfred Laurier.

Quick Facts

1841 - 1919

Term(s) of Office:
July 11, 1896 - October 6, 1911

Born

  • November 20, 1841, St. Lin, Canada East

Education

  • McGill University, B.C.L. 1864

Personal Life

  • Married 1868, Zoé Lafontaine (1841 - 1921)

Occupations

  • Lawyer (called to the bar of Canada East in 1864)
  • 1866 - 1867 Editor of Le Défricheur
  • 1869 - 1878 Ensign, Arthabaskaville Infantry
  • 1871 - 1874 MLA Quebec

Political Party

  • Liberal
  • 1887 - 1919 Party Leader

Constituencies

  • 1874 - 1877 Drummond-Arthabaska, Quebec
  • 1877 - 1919 Quebec East, Quebec

Other Ministries

  • 1877 - 1878 Inland Revenue
  • 1896 - 1911 President of the Privy Council

Political Record

  • Leader of the Opposition 1887 - 1896
  • Adoption of the regulations on the Manitoba Schools Question 1896
  • Creation of Yukon Territory 1898
  • Canadian participation in the South African War 1899 - 1902
  • Alaska Boundary Dispute 1903
  • Construction of a second transcontinental railway 1903
  • Creation of provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta 1905
  • Formation of Departments of Labour 1900 and External Affairs 1909
  • Naval Service Bill 1910
  • Leader of the Opposition 1911 - 1919

Died

  • February 17, 1919, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Grave site: Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario

Source: Canada's Prime Ministers, 1867 - 1994. [Ottawa]: National Archives of Canada, c1994. 20 p.

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