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

The prime minister's power is strongly linked to Parliament. Tradition dictates that he or she must be a member of one of the houses of Parliament (usually, but not always, the House of Commons) and also lead the party that commands a majority in the Commons. Of all prime ministers, Wilfrid Laurier served the longest in the Commons, representing several different constituencies from 1874 to 1919.


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