gave his attention to literature and
journalism. He was an earnest advo-
cate of temperance, and delegate to the
Dominion Prohibitory Convention of
1875. In 1871 he began public life by
being elected to the Legislative Assem-
bly of the Province of Quebec. He
remained there until 18i4, when he en-
tered the House of Commons. At once
on taking his seat his brilliant abilities
and high character were acknowledged.
When Mr. Mackenzie was called upon
to form an administration, the portfolio
of Inland Revenue was assigned him.
Since that time Mr. Laurier has been
one of the most prominent and highly respected members of the House. An unflinching supporter of the Opposition, under the Hon. Edward Blake as leader, whom he was unanimously called upon to succeed. Since that time his exceptional ability, gentlemanly con-duct, and comprehensive grasp of public affairs, has secured for him, not only the admiration of the Liberal party, but the respect of the government now in power. As a speaker he appears as one who re-cognizes responsibility attaching to every word he utters. He speaks with a very pure French accent, and is a most effective debater. During the political campaign of 1891 his labors were most abundant and successful, especially in his own province, where he changed the Government majority into a minority. Mr. Laurier was married to Miss Lafontaine May 13th, 1868.