Date Published: 1899
Binding: No binding
Wilfrid Laurier Typed Signed Letter. Framed 8-1/2 x 11, Privy Council Canada letterhead with red logo. Dated Ottawa, 10th April 1899. Two holes punched at top of letterhead. Two holes punched at top of letterhead. Was twice folded and now flat.
Dear Father Kehoe, I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your favour of the 7th. instant. I have referred your claim to the Minister of Railways, and will again press it upon him. More than this, I'm sorry I cannot say at present. Believe me dear Father Kehoe, Yours very sincerely, (signed) Wilfrid Laurier. Father John Kehoe, Kingston Mills, Ont.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier, GCMG, PC, KC, baptized Henri-Charles-Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada from July 11, 1896, to October 5, 1911. Canada's first francophone prime minister, Laurier is often considered one of the country's greatest statesmen. He is well known for his policies of conciliation, expanding Confederation, and compromise between French and English Canada. His vision for Canada was a land of individual liberty and decentralised federalism. He also argued for an English-French partnership in Canada. "I have had before me as a pillar of fire," he said, "a policy of true Canadianism, of moderation, of reconciliation." And he passionately defended individual liberty, "Canada is free and freedom is its nationality," and "Nothing will prevent me from continuing my task of preserving at all cost our civil liberty." Laurier was also well regarded for his efforts to establish Canada as an autonomous country within the British Empire. Laurier is the fourth-longest serving Prime Minister of Canada, behind William Lyon Mackenzie King, John A. Macdonald, and Pierre Trudeau.
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