Wilfrid Laurier

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Sir Henri Charles Wilfrid Laurier GCMG, PC, KC (20 November 1841 – 17 February 1919) was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada, in office from 11 July 1896 to 6 October 1911.


  • This was a leader who listened to all sides, perhaps too much.
    • Chapter 4 Part 7 of Canadian History: Post-Confederation by John Douglas Belshaw


  • First of all we must insist that the immigrant that comes here is willing to become a Canadian and is willing to assimilate our ways, he should be treated on equal grounds and it would be shameful to discriminate against such a person for reasons of their beliefs or the place of birth or origin. But it is the responsibility of that person to become a Canadian in all aspects of life, nothing else but a Canadian. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says that he is a Canadian, but tries to impose his customs and habits upon us, is not a Canadian. We have room for only one flag, the Canadian flag. There is room for only two languages here, English and French. And we have room for loyalty, but only one, loyalty to the Canadian people. We won’t accept anyone, I’m saying anyone, who will try to impose his religion or his customs on us.

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