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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
Banner: Leading Canada

A Sometimes Difficult Relationship

John A. Macdonald's first Cabinet had 14 ministers. Since that time, the size of Cabinet has increased, as have the challenges associated with the prime minister's role as Cabinet chairman. Whatever their style of chairmanship, our leaders must always be aware of divisions within the Cabinet. In 1957 John Diefenbaker complained that he had "to compose a Cabinet of [his] enemies."


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