Boer's (group of South Africans) fought Britain taking control. Britain claimed they wanted to uphold equal rights for their people in SA, but the SAs felt they were being invaded. They'd also just found mines.
Britain called on Canada to support them. Started sending in Canadian troops. English Canadians wanted this, French Canadians didn't.
Laurier decided to compromise. Offered Canadian volunteers to become part of the British forces. Sent almost 7,300.
Opposition to Laurer's descion was Bourassa.