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The Third Canadian Ministry was the second cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. It governed Canada from 17 October 1878 to 6 June 1891, including the 4th, 5th, and 6th Canadian Parliaments, as well as the first three months of the 7th. 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 First Canadian Ministry.

3rd Canadian Ministry
3e conseil des ministres du Canada
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3rd ministry of Canada
Date formed17 October 1878
Date dissolved6 June 1891
People and organisations
Governor GeneralMarquess of Dufferin
Duke of Argyll
Marquess of Lansdowne
Earl of Derby
Prime MinisterJohn A. Macdonald
Member partyLiberal-Conservative Party
Opposition partyLiberal Party of Canada
Opposition leader
Election(s)1878, 1882, 1887, 1891
Legislature term(s)
Predecessor2nd Canadian Ministry
Successor4th Canadian Ministry


Sir John A. Macdonald in November 1883.


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


Ministries of Canada
Preceded by
2nd Canadian Ministry
3rd Canadian Ministry
Succeeded by
4th Canadian Ministry