Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation

The Ministries


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Eighth Ministry

Liberal 1
11 July 1896 - 6 Oct. 1911

Prime Minister
Right Honourable Sir Wilfrid Laurier 2

The Ministry
Position Title
NameService Date /
Termination Date
Minister of Agriculture
Hon. Sydney Arthur Fisher 13 July 1896 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Customs3
Hon. William Paterson 30 June 1897 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Finance and Receiver General
Vacant 13 July 1896 - 19 July 1896
Hon. William Stevens Fielding 20 July 1896 - 6 Oct. 1911

Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs4
Vacant 13 July 1896 - 16 July 1896
Hon. Richard William Scott Senator - Acting Minister 17 July 1896 - 16 Nov. 1896
Hon. Clifford Sifton 17 Nov. 1896 - 28 Feb. 1905
Vacant 28 Feb. 1905 - 12 March 1905
Rt Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier Acting Minister 13 March 1905 - 7 April 1905
Hon. Frank Oliver 8 April 1905 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Inland Revenue3
Hon. Sir Henri Gustave Joly de Lotbinière 30 June 1897 - 21 June 1900
Hon. Michel Esdras Bernier 22 June 1900 - 18 Jan. 1904
Hon. Louis-Philippe Brodeur 5 19 Jan. 1904 - 5 Feb. 1906
Hon. William Templeman 6 Feb. 1906 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of the Interior4
Vacant 13 July 1896 - 16 July 1896
Hon. Richard William Scott Senator - Acting Minister 17 July 1896 - 16 Nov. 1896
Hon. Clifford Sifton 17 Nov. 1896 - 28 Feb. 1905
Vacant 28 Feb. 1905 - 12 March 1905
Rt Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier Acting Minister 13 March 1905 - 7 April 1905
Hon. Frank Oliver 8 April 1905 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Hon. Sir Oliver Mowat Senator 13 July 1896 - 17 Nov. 1897
Hon. David Mills Senator 18 Nov. 1897 - 7 Feb. 1902
Vacant 8 Feb. 1902 - 10 Feb. 1902
Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick 11 Feb. 1902 - 3 June 1906
Hon. Sir Allen Bristol Aylesworth 4 June 1906 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Labour6
Vacant 19 May 1909 - 1 June 1909
Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King 2 June 1909 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Marine and Fisheries7
Hon. Sir Louis Henry Davies 13 July 1896 - 24 Sept. 1901
Vacant 25 Sept. 1901 - 14 Jan. 1902
Hon. James Sutherland 8 15 Jan. 1902 - 10 Nov. 1902
Hon. Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine 11 Nov. 1902 - 25 Dec. 1905
Vacant 26 Dec. 1905 - 5 Jan. 1906
Rt Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier Acting Minister 6 Jan. 1906 - 5 Feb. 1906
Hon. Louis-Philippe Brodeur 6 Feb. 1906 - 10 Aug. 1911
Hon. Rodolphe Lemieux 9 11 Aug. 1911 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Militia and Defence
Hon. Sir Frederick William Borden 13 July 1896 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Mines10
Vacant 27 April 1907 - 2 May 1907
Hon. William Templeman 3 May 1907 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister without Portfolio
Hon. Richard Reid Dobell 13 July 1896 - 11 Jan. 1902
Hon. Christophe Alphonse Geoffrion 21 Aug. 1896 - 18 July 1899
Hon. James Sutherland 8 30 Sept. 1899 - 14 Jan. 1902
Hon. William Templeman Senator 11 25 Feb. 1902 - 5 Feb. 1906
Hon. Charles Smith Hyman 12 5 Feb. 1904 - 21 May 1905

Minister of the Naval Service7
Hon. Louis-Philippe Brodeur 4 May 1910 - 10 Aug. 1911
Hon. Rodolphe Lemieux 11 Aug. 1911 - 6 Oct. 1911

Postmaster General6
Hon. Sir William Mulock 13 July 1896 - 15 Oct. 1905
Hon. Allen Bristol Aylesworth 13 16 Oct. 1905 - 3 June 1906
Hon. Rodolphe Lemieux 9 4 June 1906 - 10 Aug. 1911
Vacant 11 Aug. 1911 - 18 Aug. 1911
Hon. Henri Sévérin Béland 19 Aug. 1911 - 6 Oct. 1911

President of the Privy Council
Rt Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier 11 July 1896 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Public Works
Hon. Joseph Israël Tarte 13 July 1896 - 21 Oct. 1902
Vacant 22 Oct. 1902 - 10 Nov. 1902
Hon. James Sutherland 8 11 Nov. 1902 - 3 May 1905
Vacant 4 May 1905 - 21 May 1905
Hon. Charles Smith Hyman 22 May 1905 - 29 Aug. 1907
Hon. William Pugsley 30 Aug. 1907 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Railways and Canals
Vacant 13 July 1896 - 19 July 1896
Hon. Andrew George Blair 20 July 1896 - 20 July 1903
Hon. William Stevens Fielding Acting Minister 21 July 1903 - 14 Jan. 1904
Hon. Henry Robert Emmerson 15 Jan. 1904 - 2 April 1907
Vacant 3 April 1907 - 8 April 1907
Hon. William Stevens Fielding Acting Minister 9 April 1907 - 29 Aug. 1907
Hon. George Perry Graham 30 Aug. 1907 - 6 Oct. 1911

Secretary of State of Canada14
Hon. Richard William Scott Senator 15 13 July 1896 - 8 Oct. 1908
Hon. Charles Murphy 9 Oct. 1908 - 6 Oct. 1911

Minister of Trade and Commerce
Rt Hon. Sir Richard John Cartwright Senator 13 July 1896 - 6 Oct. 1911
The Ministry
Position Title
NameService Date /
Termination Date
Controller of Customs
Hon. William Paterson 13 July 1896 - 29 June 1897

Controller of Inland Revenue
Hon. Sir Henri Gustave Joly de Lotbinière 13 July 1896 - 29 June 1897

Solicitor General of Canada
Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick 13 July 1896 - 9 Feb. 1902
Hon. Henry George Carroll 10 Feb. 1902 - 28 Jan. 1904
Hon. Rodolphe Lemieux 29 Jan. 1904 - 3 June 1906
Vacant 4 June 1906 - 13 Feb. 1907
Hon. Jacques Bureau 14 Feb. 1907 - 6 Oct. 1911

Footnotes

  • [1] With the defeat of the Government in the general election of June 23, 1896, Tupper resigned from office on July 8, 1896. The next day the Governor General invited Laurier to reform a Government. On July 11, Laurier, acting alone as the Committee of the Privy Council, advised his own appointment as President of the Privy Council and on July 13, the remainder of the Cabinet was appointed to office.
  • [2] Laurier was also President of the Privy Council.
  • [3] Statute 60-61 Vict., c. 18, assented to on June 29, 1897, revived the offices of Minister of Customs and Minister of Inland Revenue, See Not of the Cabinet, Controller of Customs and Controller of Inland Revenue.
  • [4] The Minister of the Interior was ex officio the Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs.
  • [5] Brodeur was appointed Minister of Marine and Fisheries on February 6, 1906.
  • [6] The Department of Labour was established pursuant to the Conciliation Act, 1900 (Statute 63-64 Vict., c. 24, assented to on July 18, 1900). The department was under the control of the minister designated by the Governor in Council to administer the aforesaid Act. Mulock, Aylesworth and Lemieux, who were successively Postmasters General, were so designated during their terms in that portfolio. The office of Minister of Labour was created by Statute 8-9 Edw. VII, c. 22, and assented to on May 19, 1909
  • [7] The Department of the Naval Service was created by Statute 9-10 Edw, VII, c. 43, was assented to on May 4, 1910, and was to be presided over by the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, who was to be the Minister of the Naval Service.
  • [8] Sutherland was appointed Minister without Portfolio on September 30, 1899; Minister of Marine and Fisheries on January 15, 1902; and Minister of Public Works on November 11, 1902.
  • [9] Lemieux was appointed Solicitor General of Canada on January 29, 1904; Postmaster General on June 4, 1906; and Minister of Marine and Fisheries on August 11, 1911.
  • [10] The Department of Mines was created by Statute 6-7 Edw,. VII, c. 29. and assented to on April 27, 1907. The department was to be presided over by the minister of another department who was to be named by the Governor in Council and who was to be called "The Minister of Mines". The Minister of Inland Revenue was the first to be named Minister of Mines.
  • [11] Templeman was appointed Minister of Inland Revenue on February 6, 1906.
  • [12] Hyman was appointed Minister of Public Works on May 22, 1905.
  • [13] Aylesworth was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General on June 4, 1906.
  • [14] The Department of External Affairs was created by Statute 8-9 Edw. VII, c. 13, assented to on May 19, 1909, proclaimed in force on June 1, 1909, and was to be presided over by the Secretary of State of Canada, who was also ex officio the Registrar General of Canada.
  • [15] Scott resigned on September 16, 1908, but on the Prime Minister's request continued to administer the department until his successor took charge.