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By Martin Thornton

In 1911, Winston S. Churchill and Robert L. Borden grew to become partners in an try to offer naval safeguard for the British Empire as a naval problem loomed with Germany. Their scheme for Canada to supply battleships for the Royal army as a part of an Imperial squadron was once rejected through the Senate with nice implications for the longer term.

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Wilfrid Laurier, still in Government, took Sir Fredrick Borden and Louis Philippe Brodeur with him to the conference. 75 As Gilbert Tucker emphasized in his account of the Conference, the Australians and Canadians wanted there to be clarity about the status of Dominion navies and how these navies would integrate with land forces of the British Empire. 76 How all this would exactly work was not entirely clear to Canadians at the Conference, but expectation was that each Dominion would keep the Admiralty informed about the movement of its ships.

Three policemen were killed by ‘anarchists’ situated in a house on Sidney Street. Churchill oversaw the siege to its conclusion as the house caught fire killing the occupants. That he felt it necessary to supervise the siege and put 30 Churchill, Borden and Anglo-Canadian Naval Relations, 1911–14 himself in danger made him appear rather reckless, a trait that does not always sit comfortably with ambition, but it was also a trait that made him definitive in his decision-making. After serving as Home Secretary, Churchill was made First Lord of the Admiralty and was one of the key figures responsible for Britain’s naval preparedness for the outbreak of the First World War.

30 Although he lost his seat in 1904, he was quickly re-elected in 1905 and with a Conservative party victory in 1911, became Prime Minister of Canada at the age of 57. Robert Borden served as Leader of the Opposition for ten years and although this was a long period without holding a ministerial office, it gave him the kind of experience in the rough and tumble of parliamentary politics that would serve him well throughout his political career. In many ways he rose to public prominence without the more taxing concerns of governing the nation.

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