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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 protection for the British Empire as a naval trouble loomed with Germany. Their scheme for Canada to supply battleships for the Royal army as a part of an Imperial squadron was once rejected by way of the Senate with nice implications for the long run.

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This policy appeared to be immediately popular among farmers in Western Canada. In response, the best the Conservative party could do was play the imperial card and claim that it was an abandonment of the Empire in favour of North American continentalism. Businessmen in Canada tended to believe protectionism within the British Empire had been in their interests and Conservative politicians played to these views and cleverly launched a strong campaign against the trade arrangement. The Liberal Government’s election campaign was to be fought largely over the question of a reciprocal trade agreement with the United States and not the naval issue.

16 It appears that Churchill was mildly disappointed with his lecture tour in North America, or at least disappointed that he did not make as much money from it as he had hoped. The early speeches of Churchill in the House of Commons had the confidence of a man familiar with public speaking and the language and resonance of a man with sweeping foreign policy interests. Some of his early foreign policy comments seem equally prophetic for later periods of time. In his first year in the House of Commons in May 1901 Churchill spoke eloquently on behalf of a strong British Navy.

29 The commission also provided some personal associations that were to become politically significant. An officer in the regiment of the Halifax Rifles was Charles Hibbert Tupper, son of Sir Charles Tupper, a previous Premier of Nova Scotia and Prime Minister of Canada for ten weeks in 1896. Borden established a friendship with Charles Hibbert Tupper, who became Minister of Marine and Fisheries in 1888 in Sir John A. Macdonald’s Government. Through his legal associations, Borden developed close associations with the Conservative party, a very strong political party in Nova Scotia, having two Prime Ministers hail from the Province, Sir John Thompson and Sir Charles Tupper.

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