Sir Wilfrid Laurier: A Canadian and a Canadien What this paper hopes to show is that Sir Wilfrid Laurier was both a Canadian and a Canadien ; he tried to marry the two overarching identities of his being into one, but the end result was an uneasy tension in his policy initiatives that suggests just how fragile the truce between English and French Canada really was during his own lifetime. In the end, it is clear that Wilfrid Laurier was a man who saw himself as a French Canadian – and a proud one – but also a man who saw himself as a Canadian who had an obligation to do what was in the best in the best interests of Canada as a whole. Examples of his desire to accommodate both identities and reach a workable compromise can be found in his...The end:
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