Borden, canada, and the first world war 1911-1921: details of why it was fought isn"t remembered; not really fought for democracy. Canada from 1911-1920 successful he supported the empire but was willing to assert canadian rights. Wilson; he became pm at a time when us relations was getting better. 1914 celebrated as the peace year the anniversary of the end of the war of. Laurier"s navy proposal but because the party didn"t support it, he opposed it. He thought this was good because it might give a voice to canada, but in reality, this committee had no power and the british realized they wanted to keep decision making to themselves. June 28, 1914 archduke franz ferdinand murdered in sarajevo. This increased ethnic tensions the assassination imposed danger to austria-hungary because the reigning monarch was getting old and it was possible that the empire would collapse.