Minister of Railways and Canals (Canada)

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The portfolio of Minister of Railways and Canals was created by Statute 42 Victoria, c. 7, assented to May 15, 1879 and proclaimed in force May 20, 1879. The Minister was the member of the Canadian Cabinet responsible for the administration of the Department of Railways and Canals. It was one of the most important cabinet posts because of the importance of railways to the economic development of Canada.

The offices of Minister of Marine and Minister of Railways and Canals were abolished and the office of Minister of Transport was created by Statute 1 Edward VIII, c. 34, assented to June 23, 1936 and proclaimed in force November 2, 1936.

Ministers of Railways and Canals[edit]

1. Sir Charles Tupper May 20, 1879 - May 28, 1884 under Prime Minister John A. Macdonald
* John Henry Pope (acting) May 29, 1884 - September 24, 1885
2. John Henry Pope September 25, 1885 - April 1, 1889
vacant April 2, 1889 - April 9, 1889
* John A. Macdonald (acting) April 10, 1889 - November 27, 1889 as Prime Minister
3. John A. Macdonald November 28, 1889 - June 6, 1891
vacant June 7, 1891 - June 16, 1891 under Prime Minister John Joseph Caldwell Abbott
* Mackenzie Bowell (acting) June 17, 1891 - January 10, 1892
4. John Graham Haggart January 11, 1892 - November 24, 1892
vacant November 25, 1892 - December 4, 1892 under Prime Minister John Sparrow David Thompson
John Graham Haggart (2nd time) December 5, 1892 - December 12, 1894
vacant December 13, 1894 - December 20, 1894 under Prime Minister Mackenzie Bowell
John Graham Haggart (3rd time) December 21, 1894 - January 5, 1896
* Joseph-Aldéric Ouimet (acting) January 6, 1896 - January 14, 1896
John Graham Haggart (4th time) January 15, 1896 - April 27, 1896
vacant April 28, 1896 - April 30, 1896 under Prime Minister Charles Tupper
John Graham Haggart (5th time) May 1, 1896 - July 8, 1896
vacant July 9, 1896 - July 19, 1896 under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier
5. Andrew George Blair July 20, 1896 - July 20, 1903
* William Stevens Fielding (acting) July 21, 1903 - January 14, 1904
6. Henry Robert Emmerson January 15, 1904 - April 2, 1907
vacant April 3, 1907 - April 8, 1907
* William Stevens Fielding (acting) April 9, 1907 - August 29, 1907
7. George Perry Graham August 30, 1907 - October 6, 1911
vacant October 7, 1911 - October 9, 1911 under Prime Minister Robert Laird Borden
8. Francis Cochrane October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917
9. John Dowsley Reid October 12, 1917 - July 9, 1920
July 9, 1920 - September 20, 1921 under Prime Minister Arthur Meighen
10. John Alexander Stewart September 21, 1921 - December 28, 1921
11. William Costello Kennedy December 29, 1921 - January 18, 1923 under Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King
vacant January 19, 1923 - April 27, 1923
George Perry Graham (2nd time) April 28, 1923 - February 19, 1926
vacant February 20, 1926 - February 28, 1926
12. Charles Avery Dunning March 1, 1926 - June 28, 1926
* Sir Henry Lumley Drayton (acting) June 29, 1926 - July 12, 1926 under Prime Minister Arthur Meighen
13. William Anderson Black July 13, 1926 - September 24, 1926
Charles Avery Dunning (2nd time) September 25, 1926 - November 25, 1929 under Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King
* Charles Avery Dunning (acting) November 25, 1929 - December 29, 1929
14. Thomas Alexander Crerar December 30, 1929 - August 6, 1930
15. Robert James Manion August 7, 1930 - October 22, 1935 under Prime Minister Richard Bedford Bennett
16. Clarence Decatur Howe October 23, 1935 - November 1, 1936 under Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King
(position abolished, see Minister of Transport)

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