some useless prime ministerial stats (was: some more useless presidential stats)
Peter T. Chattaway <petert@...
2007-01-02 05:12:20 GMT
So help me, once I finished going through all those stats regarding how
many ex-presidents were alive at any given time, I had to follow it up by
doing the same for ex-prime ministers here in Canada.
The situation's a little stranger here, because several prime ministers --
Sir John A. Macdonald, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Pierre Trudeau -- have
come into office, been voted out, and then been voted back in again (and
in Mackenzie King's case, he was dismissed by the governor-general and
voted back in *before* he was voted out and voted back in again).
This sort of thing has happened only once among American presidents, when
Grover Cleveland lost his bid for re-election in 1888 but won in 1892.
Arthur Meighen also served as prime minister twice, but he wasn't elected
either time: on the first occasion, he inherited the job from the previous
prime minister, who resigned; and on the second occasion, he was leader of
the opposition, but the governor-general asked him to form a government
after the existing prime minister asked for an election and was refused.
Anyway, here's the list of prime ministers, noting at what points in their
terms previous prime ministers have died, and how many ex-prime ministers
were still alive at the end of their terms:
1867-1873 -- John A. MacDonald part one
-- no ex-PMs
1873-1878 -- Alexander Mackenzie
-- 1 ex-PM (MacDonald) still alive at the end of his term
1878-1891 -- John A. MacDonald part two -- 1st PM to die in office
-- 1 ex-PM (Mackenzie) still alive
1891-1892 -- John Abbott