Louis Stephen St. Laurent PC CC QC Saint-Laurent or St-Laurent in French, baptized Louis-Etienne St-Laurent; 1 February 1882 - 25 July 1973 was the 12th Prime Minister of Canada, from 15 November 1948 to 21 June 1957. He was a Liberal with a strong base in the Catholic francophone community, from which base he had long mobilized support to Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
His foreign policy initiatives transformed Canada from an isolationist ex-colony with little role in world affairs to an active 'middle power'. St. Laurent was an enthusiastic proponent of Canada's joining NATO in 1949 to fight Communist totalitarianism, overcoming opposition from some intellectuals, the Labor-Progressive Party, and many French Canadians. The contrast with Mackenzie King was not dramatic - they agreed on most policies. St. Laurent had more hatred of communism, and less fear of the United States. He was neither an idealist nor a bookish intellectual, but an 'eminently moderate, cautious conservative man, and a strong Canadian nationalist'.
Prime Minister: Louis St. Laurent
Wife: Jeanne Renault St. Laurent
Born: Compton, Quebec, Ontario, Canada
Elected: 1948 to 1957
Political Party: Liberal Party
Left Office: Retired
Date of Birth: February 1, 1882
Date of Death: July 25, 1973
Age at Death: Louis St. Laurent was -91
Cause of Death: Heart Failure
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