How well do you know your Canadian politicians? Or do you just want to find out some interesting facts about our parliamentarians? Then this is the page for you. Below is the longest and shortest, the youngest and oldest, and many other interesting trivia.|
Members of Parliament - General
Longest Time as ParliamentarianMembers of Parliament
The Right Honourable Wilfrid Laurier was a member for the longest period of time - 44 years and 11 months from January 22, 1874 to February 17, 1919. He is also the member who served for the longest consecutive time - 41 years and 2 1/2 months from November 28, 1877 to February 17, 1919.
The current record is held by Mr. Louis Plamondon who has been a Member of Parliament for almost 26 years, first elected on September 4, 1984. This makes him the "Dean of the House" and therefore oversees the election of the Speaker on the first day of Parliament.
In all, 38 Members of Parliament have served 30 years or more (as of spring 2011).
The Honourable Pascal Poirier was a senator for the longest period of time - 48 years 6 months 16 days from March 9, 1885 to September 25, 1933.
The current record is held by The Honourable Lowell Murray who has been a Senator for more than 30 years; appointed to the Senate on September 13, 1979.
Member of House of Commons and then Senator
The Honourable Azellus Denis was a parliamentarian for 55 years 11 months. Elected for the first time in the general election of October 14, 1935 and re-elected up to his nomination to the Senate on February 3, 1964.
The current record is held The Honourable Marcel Prud'Homme, who has been a parliamentarian for more than 47 years. Elected for the first time on February 10, 1964 and re-elected up to his nomination to the Senate on May 25, 1993.
Oldest to Take Office
The Honourable Sir Charles Tupper became Prime Minister May 1, 1896 at the age of 74 years 10 months.
Youngest to Take Office
The Right Honourable Joe Clark became Prime Minister June 4, 1979 at the age of 39 years 11 months.
Longest Time Being Prime Minister
The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King was prime minister for 21 years 4 1/2 months from December 29, 1921 to June 8, 1926, from September 25, 1926 to August 7, 1930 and from October 23, 1935 to November 15, 1948.
Shortest Time Being Prime Minister
The Honourable Sir Charles Tupper served only 2 months 7 days from May 1 to July 8, 1896.
More information about the Length of Terms of Former Prime Ministers.
Oldest ParliamentariansMembers of Parliament
The Honourable William Anderson Black was still a Member of Parliament when he died at the age of 86 years 10 months 22 days.
The current record is held by Mr. Ray Boughen, who was born on May 25, 1937.
The Honourable Georges-Casimir Dessaulles was still a senator when he died at the age of 102 years, 6 1/2 months
"Canada has had on at least two occasions the singular distinction of possessing the oldest legislator in the world: Senator Wark, who died in 1905 in his 102nd year, and Senator Dessaulles, who died in his 103rd year"
The current record will never surpass the age of 75 as Senators must retire when they reach that age.
The Honourable J.M. Macdonnell was appointed Minister without Portfolio on June 22, 1957 at the age of 72.
The current record is held by The Honourable Bev Oda who was born on July 27, 1944.
Youngest ParliamentariansMembers of Parliament
Mr. Pierre-Luc Dusseault was first elected in the general election of May 2, 2011 at 19 years, 11 months old.
Senators (minimum age is 30)
The Honourable William Miller was appointed to the Senate on October 23, 1867 at the age of 32 years 8 months.
The current record is held by The Honourable Patrick Brazeau who was born on November 11, 1974.
The Honourable Jean Charest was appointed Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sports) on June 30, 1986 at the age of 28.
The current record is held by The Honourable Christian Paradis who was born on January 1, 1974.
The 32nd Parliament, 1st Session lasted from April 14, 1980 to November 30, 1983. 1326 days; 591 sitting days of the House of Commons, 329 sitting days of the Senate.
The 18th Parliament, 6th Session was on January 25, 1940. 1 sitting day of the House of Commons and the Senate.
Defeats in the House Leading to an Election*