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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 formed July 1, 1867
Date dissolved November 5, 1873
People and organisations
Head of state Victoria
Head of government Sir John A. Macdonald
Head of government's history Premiership of Sir John A. Macdonald
No. of ministers 19
Member party Liberal-Conservative Party
Status in legislature ended
Opposition party Liberal Party of Canada
Election(s) 1867
Legislature term(s)
Budget(s) 1867
Predecessor 16th Ministry of the Province of Canada
7th Ministry of New Brunswick
7th Ministry of Nova Scotia
Successor 2nd 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