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Henri Bourassa

Canadian politician

Died when: 83 years 365 days (1007 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


Henri Bourassa

Joseph-Napoléon-Henri Bourassa (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ʁi buʁasa];September 1, 1868 – August 31, 1952) was a French Canadian political leader and publisher.

In 1899, Bourassa was outspoken against the British government's request for Canada to send a militia to fight for Britain in the Second Boer War.

Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier's compromise was to send a volunteer force, but the seeds were sown for future conscription protests during the World Wars of the next half-century.

Bourassa unsuccessfully challenged the proposal to build warships to help protect the empire.He led the opposition to conscription during World War I and argued that Canada's interests were not at stake.

He opposed Catholic bishops who defended military support of Britain and its allies.Bourassa was an ideological father of French-Canadian nationalism.

Bourassa was also a defining force in forging French Canada's attitude to the Canadian Confederation of 1867.

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