Born Nov. 20, 1841, in St.-Lin, Quebec; died Feb. 17, 1919, in Ottawa. Canadian statesman and lawyer; leader of the Liberal Party from 1887 to 1919.
Laurier was prime minister from 1896 to 1911. He sought full autonomy for Canada on condition of remaining within the British Empire. In 1897 his government introduced preferential tariffs for British imports and in 1899 sent Canadian troops to the aid of the British in the Boer War of 1899-1902. At the same time, he called for closer economic ties with the USA.