sir wilfrid laurier:

Builder of Today’s Canada

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of his birth, explore the history and legacy of Canada’s first Francophone Prime Minister.

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Have fun listening attentively to the 5 animated clips. Answer the questions to know if you have understand.

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Clip #1

Laurier’s Political Ascension

  1. Sir Wilfrid Laurier had a long and distinguished career in federal politics for nearly 45 years. Which of the following statements is false?
  1. Wilfrid Laurier was elected as a member of Parliament and joined the House of Commons in 1874.
  1. Wilfrid Laurier was the first Francophone Prime Minister of Canada.
  1. Wilfrid Laurier served three consecutive terms as Prime Minister of Canada.
  1. In 1887, Wilfrid Laurier became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Clip #2

Man of Compromise

  1. Complete the following statement: “In 1890, the Premier of Manitoba, Thomas Greenway, abolished religious schools, which angered the Franco-Manitoban people, who were largely Catholic. In response to this situation, Wilfrid Laurier...”
  1. first hesitated to get involved in provincial affairs and then signed the Laurier-Greenway Agreement, which allowed for religious teaching in a minority language for a few hours a week.
  1. immediately convinced Thomas Greenway to reverse his decision.
  1. refused to take any action whatsoever.
  1. opened new Catholic schools in Ontario so that Franco-Manitobans could relocate.

Clip #3

Louis Riel: Condemned Metis

  1. After the execution of Louis Riel, Wilfrid Laurier made a public speech. Complete the following excerpt from it: “Had I been born on the banks of the Saskatchewan…”
  1. “…I would have tried to resolve the conflict with negotiation instead of violence.”
  1. “...I would myself have shouldered a musket to fight against the neglect of government.”
  1. “…I would never have taken part in the rebellion, and I would have respected the authority of the government.”

Clip #4

Canadian Identity and Pride

  1. How did Wilfrid Laurier support Great Britain in the Boers War in South Africa?
  1. He sent battalions of Canadian volunteers.
  1. He sent hundreds of horses.
  1. He obliged all healthy men 16 and over to go fight at the front.
  1. He offered no support to Great Britain in this conflict.
  1. True or False: Only one transcontinental railway was built during the Laurier years.
  1. TRUE
  1. FALSE

Clip #5

Wilfrid Laurier’s Legacy

  1. Wilfrid Laurier passed away in Ottawa, on February 17, 1919. Which of the following was not one of the values bequeathed to Canada by this Prime Minister?
  1. Diversity: the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious identity of Canada.
  1. Tolerance, the middle way and compromise.
  1. Vitality: eloquence, culture and charisma.
  1. Combat: effective military strategies.

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