Some Prime Minister Trivia

Some Prime Minister Trivia

Posted on September 20 by admin
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There is the general feeling that Canadians don’t know their Prime Ministers like Americans know their Presidents. I am not sure if this is true, but to help our cause along I will give you a few facts about two of our Prime Ministers.

Did you know that the average age of our Prime Ministers is 56 years, 8 months, and 9 days?

Our youngest Prime Minister was Charles Joseph “Joe” Clark at 39 years, 11 months and 30 days.

The oldest was Sir Charles Tupper at 74 years, 9 months, and 31 days.

There are other similarities between the youngest and the oldest Prime Ministers. Sir Charles Tupper, the 6th Prime Minister, served in office from May1, 1896 to July 8, 1896, or a total of 68 days. When the Conservative Prime Minister, Mackenzie Bowell got into hot water over the Manitoba Schools Question his party asked him to step down and Tupper took over just as an election was called. He subsequently lost to Wilfrid Laurier and the Liberals.

Joe Clark served as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 4, 1979 to March 3, 1980 or a total of 273 days, a wee bit longer than the oldest Prime, Minister but more than both John Turner (79 days) and Kim Campbell (132 days). A fiscal conservative, Joe Clark and his minority government were defeated after just nine months in power on a non-confidence motion on a budget of tax increases and program cuts.

Who gets the prize for longest term served as Prime Minister? Sir Wilfrid Laurier served the longest continuous term (15 years, 2 months, 25 days. Harper still has a way to go as the 9th longest serving PM!