Sir Wilfrid Laurier was the Prime Minister of Canada from July 11, 1896 to October 6, 1911.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier was the first francophone prime minister and considered one of the greatest statesmen in Canada. He did his best to create French-English relations while also promoting Canada's autonomy within the British Empire.
Laurier is the holder of a number of records; he is the fourth-longest serving Prime Minister of Canada, behind William Lyon Mackenzie King, John A. Macdonald, and Pierre Trudeau. Laurier also holds the record for the most consecutive federal elections won (4), and his 15-year tenure remains the longest unbroken term of office among Prime Ministers. In addition, his nearly 45 years (1874–1919) of service in the House of Commons is an all-time record for that house. Finally, at 31 years, 8 months, Laurier was the longest-serving leader of a major Canadian political party, surpassing King by over two years.
Wilfrid Laurier's portrait is displayed on the Canadian five-dollar bill.
Appearances and Mentions
- Sir Laurier comes down to the Station House to discuss the details of the case involved the late Mortimer Shanly, the first Minister of Militia Defense, along with Terrence Meyers. After verifying that the letter of authority found on Shanly was signed by Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister, Meyers stated they should destroy it. Murdoch tries politely arguing for its evidentiary value, but Meyers says the Americans can't get their hands on the letter or it'll mean the end of Canada. Thomas Brackenreid asks what he's talking about. Laurier decides to disclose to the two lawmen, explaining that during the American Civil War, the Copperheads, a group of Confederate leaning renegades were plotting to establish a second breakaway north republic, which Canada believed would've weakened the United States. Elements of the Canadian government, namely Shanly and the Secretariat of the Treasury, Frederick Norton, plotted to transfer a million dollars in gold bullion to the Confederates. Shanly had lied to Macdonald, fabricating a tale of a fictitious Canadian soldier who died in the St. Albans raid and his body needed to be returned home without upsetting the Americans, a ruse to get the letter of authority to override the transfer protocol for the gold. He then loaded it onto the strong boxes and was going to deliver the gold to a Confederate agent in St. Catherines. Sir Laurier is adamant that they find it first, or risk a war with the Americans, reminding how McKinley's administration attacked the Spanish on the slimmest pretext and they shouldn't be given an excuse to wage more war.
- Subsequently, Murdoch shows Laurier and the others a map of Lake Ontario he recovered from the late Bertram Jacobsen's house, which he believes Allen Clegg was searching for. Jacobsen had marked a shaded area in Lake Ontario where he believed the Elvira May, the steamboat said to be carrying the gold, sank, and spent every Sunday fishing in that area attempting to snag the Elvira May. Meyers notes that it was in American waters, in which Laurier questions why the Elvira May was in American waters when it was bound for St. Catherines. Brackenreid suggests that maybe Jacobsen got the location wrong and points out it's unlikely that the Elvira May would be found in such a large area. However, Murdoch reasons that a convoy of fishing boats would eventually find the steamboat. Laurier sanctions Murdoch's efforts to construct a sonic device to find the Elvira May.
- Murdoch, along with Meyers, Brackenreid and George Crabtree locate the Elvira May and recovers one of the strong boxes, but is subsequently detained by the Americans. To everyone's confusion, the box is filled with bricks, and thus the Americans are forced to let the Canadians go. Murdoch later figures out that Shanly's assistant, Lawrence Cheevers, had attempted to steal the gold, replacing it with bricks and had placed a bomb on the Elvira May to cover his tracks. However, beforehand, Shanly, unaware of Cheevers' intended theft, suspected that a Union spy was onto him and thus had placed the gold in the coffin of the fictitious soldier and replaced them with lead bars and had buried the coffin in Grove Cemetery outside Hamilton. The gold is successfully recovered and return to the treasury, sparing Canada from a devastating war.
- Subsequently, Murdoch figures out that Jacobsen is the Union spy infiltrating the Confederates, who had killed Shanly, left his body at the docks and had hijacked the Elvira May to head for America to expose the conspiracy; the only other indicator was that Jacobsen is left-handed and Shanly was killed by a lefty. Colonel Grovard, Shanly's Confederate contact, figured out that Jacobsen had murdered Shanly and had lied that he died on the Elvira May and his true allegiances – thus challenged him to a duel. Grovard anticipated that Jacobsen would cheat and had dodged his cheating shot and killed him. Murdoch is able to get a confession out of him by challenging his honour as a gentleman.
- With two murders solved and war averted, Laurier personally thanks Murdoch and tells him that Canada is in his debt, though Meyers adds that the people can never know of Murdoch's heroics.
From Murdoch to Eternity (mention)
The Great White Moose (mention)
The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold (mention)
Laurier's appearance in Confederate Treasure is introduced by Desk Sergeant Armstrong asking who he is, to which George Crabtree replies "it's the prime minister man!" As an in joke, on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation version of the program, Armstrong was played by then current prime minister Stephen Harper. Outside of Canada, the scene is omitted and Armstrong replaced by a background actor.