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Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site of Canada: End of a Long Reign

Type: Document

Wilfrid Laurier's penchant for compromise allowed him to remain in power for 15 years, earning him the nickname of the "Great Conciliator". But in 1911, this talent proved inadequate to the task of winning elections.

Site: Parks Canada

Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site of Canada: Compromise, Laurier's Approach to Solving Conflicts

Type: Document

Throughout his career, compromise would remain the main political strategy Laurier used to settle conflicts. A staunch defender of national unity, he was called on to solve a series of major controversies which set Canadians against one another.

Site: Parks Canada

Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site of Canada

Type: Document

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site of Canada is located in Saint-Lin-Laurentides, a town 50 km north of Montreal. The site commemorates one of the most important figures in Canadian political history, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the man often referred to as the father of modern Canada.

Site: Parks Canada

Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada: Laurier and National Unity

Type: Document

One of the principal features of his vision was a strong sense of national unity. As a young man, he asserted that "The unity of the people is the secret of the future", ["L'union entre les peuples, le secret de l'avenir"] ...

Site: Parks Canada

Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada: William Lyon Mackenzie King -The Wartime Leader

Type: Document

At no time were King's leadership skills more apparent than when he faced the challenge of leading the country through the Second World War.

Site: Parks Canada

Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada

Type: Document

Laurier House commemorates two of Canada's most notable prime ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King. For over fifty years, from 1897 to 1948, the house occupied a central position in the political life of Canada, as the place of residence of Laurier and, after his death, of Mackenzie

Site: Parks Canada

Laurier House National Historic Site of Canada: The Conscription Crises: Lesson Plan

Type: Document

This classroom activity allows students to explore the roles played by Canada’s prime ministers The Right Honourable Sir Wilfrid Laurier and The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King with regards to the conscription crises of World War I and World War II.

Site: Parks Canada

Late Loyalists

Type: Document

The Late Loyalists settled in Upper Canada just before the War of 1812. Many were Americans who sold their land to take the free land being offered or groups such as the Mennonites who came to Canada to escape compulsory military service with the American militia.

Site: Parks Canada