Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation

The Ministries


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Fourth Ministry

Liberal-Conservative 1
16 June 1891 - 24 Nov. 1892

Prime Minister
Honourable Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott Senator 2

The Ministry
Position Title
NameService Date /
Termination Date
Minister of Agriculture
Hon. John Carling Senator 16 June 1891 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of Customs
Hon. Mackenzie Bowell 3 16 June 1891 - 24 Jan. 1892
Hon. Joseph Adolphe Chapleau 25 Jan. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of Finance and Receiver General
Hon. George Eulas Foster 16 June 1891 - 24 Nov. 1892

Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs4
Hon. Edgar Dewdney 16 June 1891 - 16 Oct. 1892
Hon. Thomas Mayne Daly 17 Oct. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of Inland Revenue
Hon. John Costigan 16 June 1891 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of the Interior4
Hon. Edgar Dewdney 16 June 1891 - 16 Oct. 1892
Hon. Thomas Mayne Daly 17 Oct. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Hon. Sir John Sparrow David Thompson 16 June 1891 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of Marine and Fisheries
Hon. Charles Tupper 16 June 1891 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of Militia and Defence
Hon. Sir Joseph Philippe René Adolphe Caron 5 16 June 1891 - 24 Jan. 1892
Hon. Mackenzie Bowell 25 Jan. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister without Portfolio
Hon. Frank Smith Senator 6 16 June 1891 - 13 Aug. 1891
Hon. Frank Smith Senator 11 Jan. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

Postmaster General
Hon. John Graham Haggart 7 16 June 1891 - 10 Jan. 1892
Vacant 11 Jan. 1892 - 24 Jan. 1892
Hon. Sir Joseph Philippe René Adolphe Caron 25 Jan. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

President of the Privy Council
Hon. Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott Senator 16 June 1891 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of Public Works
Hon. Sir Hector Louis Langevin 16 June 1891 - 11 Aug. 1891
Vacant 12 Aug. 1891 - 13 Aug. 1891
Hon. Frank Smith Senator 6 14 Aug. 1891 - 10 Jan. 1892
Hon. Joseph Aldéric Ouimet 11 Jan. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

Minister of Railways and Canals
Vacant 16 June 1891 - 16 June 1891
Hon. Mackenzie Bowell Acting Minister 17 June 1891 - 10 Jan. 1892
Hon. John Graham Haggart 11 Jan. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

Secretary of State of Canada8
Hon. Joseph Adolphe Chapleau 9 16 June 1891 - 24 Jan. 1892
Hon. James Colebrooke Patterson 25 Jan. 1892 - 24 Nov. 1892

Footnotes

  • [1] The death of Macdonald on June 6, 1891 dissolved the Third Ministry ipso facto. On June 15, 1891 Abbott accepted the Governor General's invitation, to form a Government and on 16 June the Fourth Ministry assumed office. The new Cabinet was composed entirely of ministers from the Third Ministry and with the exception of Abbott, they all retained their previous portfolios.
  • [2] Abbott was also President of the Privy Council.
  • [3] Bowell was appointed Minister of Militia and Defence on January 25, 1892.
  • [4] The Minister of the Interior was ex officio the Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs.
  • [5] Caron was appointed Postmaster General on January 25, 1892.
  • [6] Smith was appointed Minister without Portfolio on January 16, 1891; Minister of Public Works on August 14, 1891; and Minister without Portfolio on January 11, 1892.
  • [7] Haggart was appointed Minister of Railways and Canals on January 11, 1892.
  • [8] The Secretary of State of Canada was ex officio, the Registrar General of Canada.
  • [9] Chapleau was appointed Minister of Customs on January 25, 1892.