Wilfrid Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier is the 7th Prime Minister of Canada, and is known as the “Great Compromiser” to many. Started as a farm boy, he got a law degree from McGill, and ran the newspaper Le Defricheur. As a university student he found his passion for politics. Elected as liberal member of House of Commons in 1874, he later became the first French Canadian to lead the Liberal Party. He fought for compromises to reconcile the two cultures, French and English, which is the reason why he is now known as the Great Compromiser. Becoming the 7th Prime Minister in 1896, he was the first French Canadian Prime Minister. Some of his achievements during that time was the Manitoba Schools Question, question about learning Catholic education in public schools and the Boer War of 1899, offering volunteers force to help with British. He lead many compromises that satisfied both groups.

I believe he is very significant due to the reason that he had made many compromises that satisfied both groups, and developed Canada and Canada’s education which lead to the Canada we have today.


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