Churchill, Borden and Anglo-Canadian Naval Relations, by Martin Thornton

By Martin Thornton

In 1911, Winston S. Churchill and Robert L. Borden turned partners in an try to offer naval protection for the British Empire as a naval quandary loomed with Germany. Their scheme for Canada to supply battleships for the Royal army as a part of an Imperial squadron used to be rejected via the Senate with nice implications for the long run.

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10 Churchill was thus a well-known figure in Canada at the start of the twentieth century. The publishing of Churchill’s The Malakand Field Force led to him meeting Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party, Lord Salisbury (Third Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister 1895–1902), who appeared to admire the book. Churchill’s war record and family history made him a fairly obvious candidate for a military career, and also to stand as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative party, even before his heroics in South Africa.

Bourassa wanted the Canadian public to be directly consulted on the proposal and Monk had an uncompromising approach in the context of his own nationalistic views and also wanted a plebiscite on these naval matters. On 12 January 1910, the Naval Service Bill was introduced to the Canadian House of Commons, where impressive speeches were made by Prime Minister Laurier and Leader of the Opposition, Robert Borden. The Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Louis Philippe Brodeur, who might have been expected to contribute, was not present due to ill-health.

8 Opportunities for self-advancement rarely passed Winston Churchill by and he made useful contacts while in military service, including the Viceroy of India, Lord Elgin, for whom he would later work as UnderSecretary of State in the Colonial Office. Churchill’s reputation and celebrity status were enhanced by his published accounts of his adventures in India, the Sudan and the Boer War. This self-publicity not only advanced his career in British politics, but also earned him money and made him a known figure within the British Empire.

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