Borden, Sir Frederick William

Borden, Sir Frederick William,

1847–1917, Canadian statesman, b. Cornwallis, N.S. He entered (1874) the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal and served (1896–1911) as Wilfrid LaurierLaurier, Sir Wilfrid
, 1841–1919, Canadian prime minister. He studied law at McGill Univ. His premiership of Canada (1896–1911), the first to be held by a French Canadian, was the longest continuous term in the history of the dominion.
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's minister of militia and defense. During his ministry, the last British troops were withdrawn from Canada (1901), the practice of appointing a British general to command the Canadian militia was ended, and Canada took control from Great Britain of the naval bases of Halifax and Esquimalt.
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