Canada in full expansion Economy on the rise Abundance of natural resources LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL! Wilfrid Laurier quote: "The nineteenth century belonged to the United States, in my opinion, the twentieth will belong to Canada" WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Prime Minister (Liberal) 1896-1911 Francophone, Quebecer, charismatic, an excellent speaker, THE KING OF COMPROMISE: Manitoba School Act - Reciprocity Treaty Admiration by the people of the time Criticism from historians
Manitoba School Act The question of sovereignty The Boer War The Naval Crisis The American expansionism (Alaska) The Reciprocity Treaty
The Naval Service Bill of 1910 was a piece of Canadian government legislation, which was put forward by Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Prior to the bill's introduction Canada did not have a navy of its own, a state of affairs that left the Dominion dependent on the British Royal Navy for maritime defence. The Naval Service Bill was intended to provide Canada with a separate naval force, but one that, if needed, could be placed under British control during time of war. By the end of 1910, the Royal Canadian Navy was created with a fleet of two former British Royal Navy vessels.  Both French-Canadian nationalists and British- Canadian imperialists opposed the bill, which eventually led to the fall of Lauriers government and the Naval Service Bill being replaced by a new bill put forward by Prime Minister Robert Borden in 1912. Canadian governmentWilfrid LaurierCanadaBritishRoyal NavyRoyal Canadian Navy Robert Borden 
Transcontinental railroad: - Through the entire Canada - Assistance to the economy - Toronto and Montreal are at the center of rail - Laurier's government invests 230 million - A great company... the "National Transcontinental "
Natural resources and raw materials sector are the main elements of the economy at the time (factories for wood, paper, mining, fishing, etc.). Export to the United States and Europe Gold Rush West = EXPANSION AND COLONIZATION Discovery of minerals in Northern Ontario (Cobalt, Sudbury, Timmins) Creation of national and international companies (Stelco)
Clifford Sifton and immigration = MAJOR PROJECT OF PROPAGANDA TO BRING "GOOD" IMMIGRANTS Canada presents itself as the IDEAL country ! In your opinion, is this true? Frank Oliver = CONTRARY SIFTON he wants to reduce the number of non-English speaking immigrants (THE IMMIGRATION ACT) Immigrants were not always well received by Canadians Primary source (testimony of Ah Sing) p. 38