French- English divide
Laurier had various issues that the English and French disagreed on.
This time it was whether or not to create their own navy instead of relying on the British Royal Navy.
Laurier suggested that Canada would have its own navy which would be turned over to Britain times of emergency.
This idea suited neither side and they opposed this compromise, both wanted it to be soley their own way.
The problems continued and by WWI Canada still only had 2 pathetic loaned British warships, each to protect either coast at times of attack.
Western Farmers wanted a deal to reduce tariffs on US goods.
The English half of Canada was opposed to this because of competition and loss of trade.
The Laurier lost the election in 1911 on the issue.
Debates between the English and French occured on numerous occasions; over their naval position with Britian and whether or not to introduce reciprocity into the country.
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