Today in Canada's Political History - April 29, 1891: The Parliament of five Prime Ministers gets underway

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Parliament assembled for the first time on this date in 1891 after the re-election of the Tory government of Sir John A. Macdonald. Little could anyone have predicted that by the time this Parliament ended in 1896, it would see five Prime Ministers. Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir John Abbott, Sir John Thompson, Sir Mackenzie Bowell and Sir Charles Tupper all held Canada’s top political job during its sessions. Two of the PMs during this period, Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir John Thompson, would pass away while still in office. Abbott resigned due to ill-health, Bowell was tossed aside after a cabinet revolt, and Sir Charles Tupper was defeated by Wilfrid Laurier and his Liberals.

Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.



Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.