It is in Sandy Hill that Sir Wilfrid Laurier and his wife live during his years as Prime Minister of Canada and his time as Leader of the Official Opposition. A man of limited means, he is forced to seek assistance from friends of the Liberal Party to purchase the house that bears his name today. At the time, the government of Canada does not yet provide a place of residence to its prime ministers. Laurier’s successor, William Lyon Mackenzie King, later dwells in the house. Preceding prime ministers of Canada also lived in the neighbourhood.