Borden, Sir Robert Laird (1854–1937), a Canadian statesman. As prime minister during the critical World War I period, he won for Canada an important voice in the affairs of the British Empire. His actions helped lead to the establishment of the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1926. Borden was born at Grand Pré, Nova Scotia. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1878. Elected to the House of Commons in 1S96, he became Conservative leader in 1901. An election in 1911 made him prime minister, succeeding Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Borden was knighted in 1914.
A split over the issue of conscription caused Borden to form a Unionist (coalition) cabinet in 1917. In 1919 he was chief Canadian delegate to the Paris Peace Conference. He resigned from office in 1920 because of poor health.