Liberal-Unionists were supporters of the Liberal Party of Canada who, as a result of the Conscription Crisis of 1917 rejected Sir Wilfrid Laurier's leadership and supported the coalition Unionist government of Sir Robert Borden.
After the war, most Liberal-Unionists rejoined the Liberal Party despite efforts by Borden and Arthur Meighen to make the coalition permanent by renaming the Conservative party the National Liberal and Conservative Party. Several Liberal-Unionists ended up staying with the Conservatives including Hugh Guthrie and Robert Manion.
What's so funny about being a liberal unionist? ; The UUP leadership contest gives the party a chance to steal the DUP's centrist clothes. It has nothing to lose, says Robin Wilson
Mar 14, 2012; There are really only two scenarios for politics in Northern Ireland today. The political class and the media may remain obsessed...