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I'IRST YEARS OF' THt BORDEN MINISTRY.   341

Four   Sir Wilfrid Laurier had served as premier
Governors- under three governors-general of Canada,

General. the Earl of Aberdeen, the Earl of Minto, and larl Grey, the latter a very popular governor, who had held the office for six instead of the usual term of five years. His successor, the royal Duke of Connaught, Queen Victoria's third son, was sworn in on October 13th, at Ouebec.

Sir Robert   Hon. Robert Borden (as was his title till

Borden. he was knighted in 1914) now became prime minister. By birth he is a Nova Scotian; by profession a lawyer. He had

been the leader of

t h e Conservative party since 19oIk

Canada's On e of new   the most

Naval

Service. import-

ant matters with which the Government had to deal was the new Naval Service, established by the Liberals in 191o. The p r o-j ected " R o y a l Canadian Navv " was to serve, in case of need, with the Royal Navy of Britain. There was a new Department of Naval Service at Ottawa, and a

SIR ROBERT LAIRD BORDEN.

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