Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site of Canada

Natural Wonders & Cultural Treasures

A Short Story of a Great Man

Black and white pictures of Laurier, his chauffeur, and his friends in a car. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, his chauffeur, and friends
© National Archives of Canada / C-63517

Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919) was born in Saint-Lin, a modest town north of Montreal in the Lanaudiere region. The man who eventually became Canada's seventh Prime Minister led a fascinating political career. Elected leader of the government in 1896, he took advantage of favourable economic conditions to consolidate the young Confederation. By laying the basis for greater autonomy in international relationships and by encouraging immigration and the development of Western Canada, he guided his country forward into a new era, politically, economically and socially. Learn more about the history of this great man through the links below to learn more about the milestones along Laurier's path to the highest circles of power.