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Alone at the Top
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Banner: First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
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Cabinet Mutiny

While several leaders have faced Cabinet revolts, only Mackenzie Bowell was unseated by his colleagues. In January 1896, seven ministers dissatisfied with Bowell's leadership resigned in an effort to force his departure. Bowell, who saw the Cabinet as a "nest of traitors," offered to step down, but the governor general opposed the move. The rebels eventually rejoined Cabinet, allowing Bowell to remain as leader until his successor, Charles Tupper, could return from London.


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