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Introduction
Alone at the Top
The Path to Power
Leading Canada
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Banner: First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
Banner: The Path to Power

The First Elected Party Leader

The first step in becoming prime minister is to assume the leadership of a national party. Until the Liberal convention of 1919, leaders were usually chosen by a caucus of Senators and Members of Parliament. The first leader elected by party delegates in convention, Mackenzie King, later confided in his diary: "I felt a momentary qualm ... at the thought I was likely to win  -  wondering if I could measure up to the task...."

 

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