Wilfrid Laurier: A Pledge for Canada (Quest Biography)

Wilfrid Laurier: A Pledge for Canada (Quest Biography)

Roderick Stewart

Language: English

Pages: 102

ISBN: 2:00104326

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Wilfrid Laurier's life journey took him from a small Quebec village to the Parliament of Canada. He possessed a rare combination of the common touch and political savvy, which he effectively used to remain prime minister of Canada for fifteen years (1896-1911).












What she still had to learn was that it was more than duty. It was also politics itself that attracted him. Laurier was just beginning to understand that he was a political animal. For Zoë, the election campaign that began at the end of May was a six-week nightmare. For Laurier, it was a mixture of pleasure and pain. Constantly on the move, racing from one part of the riding to another by horse and carriage to debate with his Conservative opponent, he usually arrived home late at night. After a hasty bite to eat, and over Zoë’s protests, he would often work into the early morning hours on a speech for his next meeting.

Méderic Poisson and his wife, who had a room to rent. The bright, sunny, sitting room was large enough for the shelves he needed to hold his beloved books. And nearby was a vacant office. In September 1867 he moved to Arthabaska and started his fifth law practice. Pictured here in her late thirties, Zoë spent much of her time in various Roman Catholic charitable and social organizations in Arthabaska. 3 Time to Take a Chance Throughout his seven years at L’Assomption, Laurier had concentrated on his studies, reading, and debating.

What irked them most was the tariff. Everything they bought from the East cost them more because of it. Also, they could not buy cheaper American goods because of the Canadian tariff, and they could not sell their farm products in the United States because of the American tariff. Everywhere he went, Laurier heard the same complaint: the tariff was too high. Lower the tariff, and make trade freer with the United States, people urged the prime minister. Time and time again, Laurier gave the same answer to the repeated demand.

Even after he settled in Arthabaska and clients started to appear in his office, Laurier still feared the worst. Oh, he loved Zoë; that was not the question. But, compared to Valois, what did he have to offer her? A year passed. During that time, they met during the few visits Laurier made to Montreal, and they wrote each other occasionally, but he remained stubbornly silent on the subject of marriage. Meanwhile, Pierre Valois was healthy and certain of success. He wanted Zoë as his wife. He was waiting impatiently for her positive reply At last, Zoë gave in.

His message to his avid listeners was the same: Laurier would send their sons to die in some future war fought by Great Britain to gain land and money. The only way to prevent such a tragedy was to get rid of him. To a large and cheering audience he denounced Laurier: “I say that when a man, whatever his personal qualities, scorns the confidence and love a people have placed in him, in order to betray with one blow all his own people, I say that such a man is more dangerous to his religion, his country, and even the British Crown, than the worst of Orangemen.

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