Wednesday jan 26 film @ sy, film analysis due monday jan 31. The borden era and the first world war, 1911-1920. Well regarded by the conservative party - conservative party leader, 1901-20. Prime minister of canada 1911-20 unprepared for the outbreak of war in 1914. Never really liked politics, did it because he felt obligated not particularly good at it. Outbreak of the first world war, july 1914. Triple entente: france, britain, russia (governed by czar) Assassination of franz ferdinand, heir to the throne of austria-hungary killed by. Canada had nothing to do with the war, not affected by the assassination of franz. Automatic entry in the war committed to fight because of british empire. Little opposition in canada to join the war, except for quebec. Laurier, leader of the opposition, to support the government fully in war: ready, aye, ready" - laurier. Over by christmas - anticipated for it to be a short war.