On this date in 1901 Mackenzie King had his first encounter with the new Tory leader, Robert Borden of Halifax.
“I received an invitation to Mr. Borden’s reception,” he wrote in a letter to his parents. “I had a short talk with Mr Borden there. I have seen him several times since and he has been most pleasant to me …. I like (him) very much. I think he is a gentleman and an honourable man, and a most desirable sort of person to have in the House. He respects himself, and others respect him and that is why he is leader of the Conservative party.”
While on opposite sides of the House in the coming years, Borden and King would always enjoy respectful personal relations.