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The First Canadian Ministry was the first cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. It governed Canada from 1 July 1867 to 5 November 1873, including all of the 1st Canadian Parliament as well as the first eight months of the 2nd. The government was formed by the Liberal-Conservative Party in coalition with the old Conservative Party of Canada. Macdonald was also Prime Minister in the Third Canadian Ministry.

1st Canadian Ministry
1er conseil des ministres du Canada
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1st cabinet of Canada
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Date formedJuly 1, 1867
Date dissolvedNovember 5, 1873
People and organisations
Governor GeneralViscount Monck
Baron Lisgar
Marquess of Dufferin
Prime MinisterSir John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister's historyPremiership of Sir John A. Macdonald
No. of ministers19
Member partyLiberal-Conservative Party
Status in legislatureended
Opposition partyLiberal Party of Canada
Legislature term(s)
Predecessor16th Ministry of the Province of Canada
7th Ministry of New Brunswick
7th Ministry of Nova Scotia
Successor2nd Canadian Ministry



  • Government of Canada. "First Ministry". Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation. Privy Council Office. Retrieved 2010-07-01.


Ministries of Canada
Preceded by
16th Ministry of the Province of Canada
7th Ministry of Nova Scotia
7th Ministry of New Brunswick
1st Canadian Ministry
Succeeded by
2nd Canadian Ministry