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8th Canadian Ministry

The Eighth Canadian Ministry was the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. It governed Canada from 11 July 1896 to 5 October 1911, including all of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Canadian Parliaments. The government was formed by the Liberal Party of Canada.

The Cabinet

  • Prime Minister
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: Sir Wilfrid Laurier
  • Minister of Agriculture
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: Sydney Arthur Fisher
  • Minister of Customs
  • 30 June 1897 – 10 October 1911: William Paterson
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs
  • 19 May 1909 – 10 October 1911: Charles Murphy
  • Minister of Finance
  • 11 July 1896 – 20 July 1896: Vacant (John Mortimer Courtney was acting)
  • 20 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: William Stevens Fielding
  • Receiver General of Canada
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: The Minister of Finance (Ex officio)
  • 11 July 1896 – 20 July 1896: Vacant (John Mortimer Courtney was acting)
  • 20 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: William Stevens Fielding
  • Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: The Minister of the Interior (Ex officio)
  • 11 July 1896 – 17 July 1896: Vacant (Hayter Reed was acting)
  • 17 July 1896 – 17 November 1896: Richard William Scott (acting)
  • 17 November 1896 – 28 February 1905: Clifford Sifton
  • 28 February 1905 – 13 March 1905: Vacant (Francis Pedley was acting)
  • 13 March 1905 – 8 April 1905: Sir Wilfrid Laurier
  • 8 April 1905 – 10 October 1911: Frank Oliver
  • Minister of Inland Revenue
  • 30 June 1897 – 22 June 1900: Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière
  • 22 June 1900 – 19 January 1904: Michel-Esdras Bernier
  • 19 January 1904 – 6 February 1906: Louis-Philippe Brodeur
  • 6 February 1906 – 10 October 1911: William Templeman
  • Minister of the Interior
  • 11 July 1896 – 17 July 1896: Vacant (Alexander Mackinnon Burgess was acting)
  • 17 July 1896 – 17 November 1896: Richard William Scott (acting)
  • 17 November 1896 – 28 February 1905: Clifford Sifton
  • 28 February 1905 – 13 March 1905: Vacant (William Wallace Cory was acting)
  • 13 March 1905 – 8 April 1905: Sir Wilfrid Laurier
  • 8 April 1905 – 10 October 1911: Frank Oliver
  • Minister of Justice
  • 11 July 1896 – 18 November 1897: Sir Oliver Mowat
  • 18 November 1897 – 8 February 1902: David Mills
  • 8 February 1902 – 4 June 1906: Charles Fitzpatrick
  • 4 June 1906 – 10 October 1911: Sir Allen Bristol Aylesworth
  • Attorney General of Canada
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: The Minister of Justice (Ex officio)
  • 11 July 1896 – 18 November 1897: Sir Oliver Mowat
  • 18 November 1897 – 8 February 1902: David Mills
  • 8 February 1902 – 4 June 1906: Charles Fitzpatrick
  • 4 June 1906 – 10 October 1911: Allen Bristol Aylesworth
  • Minister of Labour
  • 19 May 1909 – 2 June 1909: Vacant (William Lyon Mackenzie King was acting)
  • 2 June 1909 – 10 October 1911: William Lyon Mackenzie King
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • 11 July 1896 – 18 November 1897: Sir Oliver Mowat
  • 18 November 1897 – 7 February 1902: David Mills
  • 7 February 1902 – 20 January 1909: Richard William Scott
  • 20 January 1909 – 10 October 1911: Richard John Cartwright
  • Minister of Marine and Fisheries
  • 11 July 1896 – 25 September 1901: Sir Louis Henry Davies
  • 25 September 1901 – 15 January 1902: Vacant (François Frédéric Gourdeau was acting)
  • 15 January 1902 – 11 November 1902: James Sutherland
  • 11 November 1902 – 26 December 1905: Raymond Préfontaine
  • 26 December 1905 – 6 January 1906: Vacant (François Frédéric Gourdeau was acting)
  • 6 January 1906 – 6 February 1906: Sir Wilfrid Laurier
  • 6 February 1906 – 11 August 1911: Louis-Philippe Brodeur
  • 11 August 1911 – 10 October 1911: Rodolphe Lemieux
  • Minister of Militia and Defence
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: Sir Frederick William Borden
  • Minister of Mines
  • 27 April 1907 – 3 May 1907: Vacant (Albert Peter Low was acting)
  • 3 May 1907 – 10 October 1911: William Templeman
  • Minister of the Naval Service
  • 4 May 1910 – 11 August 1911: Louis-Philippe Brodeur
  • 11 August 1911 – 10 October 1911: Rodolphe Lemieux
  • Postmaster General
  • 11 July 1896 – 16 October 1905: Sir William Mulock
  • 16 October 1905 – 4 June 1906: Allen Bristol Aylesworth
  • 4 June 1906 – 19 August 1911: Rodolphe Lemieux
  • 19 August 1911 – 10 October 1911: Henri Sévérin Béland
  • President of the Privy Council
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: Sir Wilfrid Laurier
  • Minister of Public Works
  • 11 July 1896 – 22 October 1902: Joseph-Israël Tarte
  • 22 October 1902 – 11 November 1902: Vacant (Sir Wilfrid Laurier was acting)
  • 11 November 1902 – 4 May 1905: James Sutherland
  • 4 May 1905 – 22 May 1905: Vacant (Sir Wilfrid Laurier was acting)
  • 22 May 1905 – 30 August 1907: Charles Smith Hyman
  • 30 August 1907 – 10 October 1911: William Pugsley
  • Minister of Railways and Canals
  • 11 July 1896 – 20 July 1896: Vacant (Collingwood Schreiber was acting)
  • 20 July 1896 – 21 July 1903: Andrew George Blair
  • 21 July 1903 – 15 January 1904: William Stevens Fielding
  • 15 January 1904 – 3 April 1907: Henry Emmerson
  • 3 April 1907 – 9 April 1907: Vacant (Matthew Joseph Butler was acting)
  • 9 April 1907 – 10 October 1911: George Perry Graham
  • Secretary of State of Canada
  • 11 July 1896 – 9 October 1908: Richard William Scott
  • 9 October 1908 – 10 October 1911: Charles Murphy
  • Registrar General of Canada
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: The Secretary of State of Canada (Ex officio)
  • 11 July 1896 – 9 October 1908: Richard William Scott
  • 9 October 1908 – 10 October 1911: Charles Murphy
  • Minister of Trade and Commerce
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 October 1911: Sir Richard John Cartwright
  • Minister without Portfolio
  • 11 July 1896 – 12 January 1902: Richard Reid Dobell
  • 21 August 1896 – 19 July 1899: Christophe-Alphonse Geoffrion
  • 30 September 1899 – 15 January 1902: James Sutherland
  • 25 February 1902 – 6 February 1906: Charles Smith Hyman
  • 5 February 1904 – 22 May 1905: William Templeman

    Offices not of the Cabinet

    Controller of Customs
  • 11 July 1896 – 30 June 1897: William Paterson

    Controller of Inland Revenue
  • 11 July 1896 – 30 June 1897: Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière

    Solicitor General of Canada
  • 11 July 1896 – 10 February 1902: Charles Fitzpatrick
  • 10 February 1902 – 29 January 1904: Henry George Carroll
  • 29 January 1904 – 4 June 1906: Rodolphe Lemieux
  • 4 June 1906 – 14 February 1907: Vacant
  • 14 February 1907 – 10 October 1911: Jacques Bureau