Not To Be Trusted With Knives











So, Dave pointed out that if you click on any of my tags at the bottom on my posts, it doesn’t take you to just the things that I’ve tagged with that word or term, but to anything that any WordPress user has tagged with that word or term. Boo-urns! Do any of my geek readers know how to fix this (aside from telling me to buy a Mac… which seems to be my geek friends’ answer to any computer-related question)? You can click on the words in my “Category Cloud” on the side bar on the right side of the screen and that will take you to just the things that I’ve used that tag on, but since the “Category Cloud” doesn’t have all my tags (I’m assuming it only has the ones I’ve used the most), that doesn’t help me get to all my Prime Minister series postings.

Well, all that to say, I’ve created a page that will have links to all of my successful P.M. postings. You can find it here. It’s also on my vastly overloaded sidebar. You’re welcome, fans of Canadian Prime Ministers.

So, to review, since the whole point of this series is for me to memorize the list of all the Prime Ministers in Canadian history (because you just never know when that type of information will come in handy, right?) and since I’ve been bored to tears by the last few, making it hard to remember who all they were, we’ve now covered Sir John A. Macdonald, Alexander Mackenzie, Sir John Abbott, Sir John Thompson, Sir Mackenzie Bowell and Sir Charles Tupper. Three out of six named John and two out of six with Alexander in their name (the “A” in John A is for Alexander) and two out of six with Mackenzie in their name – no wonder if so hard to keep them straight!

OK, now, onto the 7th Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

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Name Sir Henri-Charles-Wilfrid Laurier
Born: November 20, 1841 in Saint-Lin, Canada East (now: Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Quebec)
Died: February 17, 1919
Party: Liberal
Held Office: November 20, 1841 – February 17, 1919
Best known for: -He’s like the Energizer bunny of P.M.s:
-longest unbroken term of office for a PM: 15 years, 87 days
-most consecutive federal elections won: 4
-longest serving Canadian politian EVER: 45 years in the House of Commons
-longest serving leader of a major Canadain political party: 31 years, 8 months-his face is on the $5 bill , which happens to be my favourite bill as it has people playing hockey on it-he seems to be big on compromise – finding a way to appease people on the Manitoba Schools Question (MB had eliminated public Catholic schools, and Catholics were pissed & wanted the feds to force MB to reverse this; Laurier proposed a compromise where there could be Catholic schools where numbers warranted, on a school-by-school basis) and and the Second Boer War (English Canada wanted to support the UK, French Canada did not; Laurier sent a voluntary force rather than the miliatary response the UK had asked for)

-he was my grade 8 teacher Mrs. Foss’ favourite P.M. I have no idea why I remember this all these years later. She said she went to the university named after her fav P.M., which turned out to be Wilfrid Laurier University

Some Things I Didn’t Know About This P.M. -he oversaw the entry of Saskatchewan & Alberta (carved out from the then much larger Northwest Territories) into Confederation (1905)-he wanted to support trade reciprocity with the US, but the Conservatives didn’t, so Laurier called an election to settle it. The votes sided with the Conservatives and that was the end of Laurier’s PMship

If you are just dying to read more about Sir W.L.? Check out:

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Image credits: From from the Library and Archives Canada, copyright is expired.

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