Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation

The Ministries


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Sixth Ministry

Liberal-Conservative 1
21 Dec. 1894 - 27 April 1896

Prime Minister
Honourable Sir Mackenzie Bowell Senator 2

The Ministry
Position Title
NameService Date /
Termination Date
Minister of Agriculture
Hon. Auguste Réal Angers Senator 21 Dec. 1894 - 12 July 1895
Hon. Joseph Aldéric Ouimet Acting Minister 13 July 1895 - 20 Dec. 1895
Hon. Walter Humphries Montague 3 21 Dec. 1895 - 5 Jan. 1896
Hon. Donald Ferguson Senator - Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1896 - 14 Jan. 1896
Hon. Walter Humphries Montague 15 Jan. 1896 - 27 April 1896

Controller of Customs4
Hon. John Fisher Wood 5 24 Dec. 1895 - 5 Jan. 1896
Hon. Sir Frank Smith Senator - Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1896 - 14 Jan. 1896
Hon. John Fisher Wood 15 Jan. 1896 - 27 April 1896

Minister of Finance and Receiver General
Hon. George Eulas Foster 21 Dec. 1894 - 5 Jan. 1896
Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell Senator - Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1896 - 14 Jan. 1896
Hon. George Eulas Foster 15 Jan. 1896 - 27 April 1896

Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs6
Hon. Thomas Mayne Daly 21 Dec. 1894 - 27 April 1896

Controller of Inland Revenue7
Hon. Edward Gawler Prior 17 Dec. 1895 - 27 April 1896

Minister of the Interior6
Hon. Thomas Mayne Daly 21 Dec. 1894 - 27 April 1896

Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Hon. Sir Charles Tupper 21 Dec. 1894 - 5 Jan. 1896
Hon. Thomas Mayne Daly Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1896 - 14 Jan. 1896
Hon. Arthur Rupert Dickey 8 15 Jan. 1896 - 27 April 1896

Minister of Marine and Fisheries
Hon. John Costigan 21 Dec. 1894 - 27 April 1896

Minister of Militia and Defence
Hon. James Colebrooke Patterson 9 21 Dec. 1894 - 25 March 1895
Hon. Arthur Rupert Dickey 8 26 March 1895 - 5 Jan. 1896
Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell Senator - Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1896 - 14 Jan. 1896
Hon. Alphonse Desjardins Senator 15 Jan. 1896 - 27 April 1896

Minister without Portfolio
Hon. Walter Humphries Montague 3 21 Dec. 1894 - 25 March 1895
Hon. Sir Frank Smith Senator 21 Dec. 1894 - 27 April 1896
Hon. Donald Ferguson Senator 2 Jan. 1895 - 27 April 1896
Hon. James Colebrooke Patterson 26 March 1895 - 1 Sept. 1895

Postmaster General
Hon. Sir Joseph Philippe René Adolphe Caron 21 Dec. 1894 - 27 April 1896

President of the Privy Council
Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell Senator 21 Dec. 1894 - 27 April 1896

Minister of Public Works
Hon. Joseph Aldéric Ouimet 21 Dec. 1894 - 27 April 1896

Minister of Railways and Canals
Hon. John Graham Haggart 21 Dec. 1894 - 5 Jan. 1896
Hon. Joseph Aldéric Ouimet Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1896 - 14 Jan. 1896
Hon. John Graham Haggart 15 Jan. 1896 - 27 April 1896

Secretary of State of Canada10
Hon. Arthur Rupert Dickey 8 21 Dec. 1894 - 25 March 1895
Hon. Walter Humphries Montague 3 26 March 1895 - 20 Dec. 1895
Vacant 21 Dec. 1895 - 26 Dec. 1895
Hon. Joseph Aldéric Ouimet Acting Minister 27 Dec. 1895 - 5 Jan. 1896
Hon. Thomas Mayne Daly Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1896 - 14 Jan. 1896
Hon. Sir Charles Tupper 15 Jan. 1896 - 27 April 1896

Minister of Trade and Commerce
Hon. William Bullock Ives 21 Dec. 1894 - 5 Jan. 1896
Hon. John Costigan Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1896 - 14 Jan. 1896
Hon. William Bullock Ives 15 Jan. 1896 - 27 April 1896
The Ministry
Position Title
NameService Date /
Termination Date
Controller of Customs
Hon. Nathaniel Clarke Wallace 21 Dec. 1894 - 13 Dec. 1895
Hon. John Fisher Wood Acting Minister 14 Dec. 1895 - 16 Dec. 1895
Hon. John Fisher Wood 17 Dec. 1895 - 23 Dec. 1895

Controller of Inland Revenue
Hon. John Fisher Wood 21 Dec. 1894 - 16 Dec. 1895

Solicitor General of Canada
Hon. John Joseph Curran 21 Dec. 1894 - 17 Oct. 1895
Vacant 18 Oct. 1895 - 27 April 1896

Footnotes

  • [1] On December 13, 1894, the day after the death of Sir John Thompson, Sir Mackenzie Bowell was invited by the Governor General to form a Government. The Sixth Ministry assumed office on December 21, 1894 and included fifteen ministers from the Fifth Ministry, eleven of whom retained their previous portfolios.
  • [2] Bowell was also President of the Privy Council.
  • [3] Montague was appointed Minister without Portfolio on December 21, 1894; Secretary of State of Canada on March 26, 1895; and Minister of Agriculture on December 21, 1895.
  • [4] See also Not of the Cabinet, Controller of Customs
  • [5] Wood was appointed Controller of Customs on December 17, 1895; sworn of the Privy Council and considered of the Cabinet on December 24, 1895.
  • [6] The Minister of the Interior was ex officio the Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs.
  • [7] See also Not of the Cabinet, Controller of Inland Revenue.
  • [8] Dickey was appointed Secretary of State of Canada on December 21, 1894; Minister of Militia and Defence on March 26, 1895; and Minister of Justice and Attorney General on January 15, 1896.
  • [9] Patterson was appointed Minister Without Portfolio on March 26, 1895.
  • [10] The Secretary of State of Canada was ex officio the Registrar General of Canada.