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1883 - 1887



October 15, 1840 in Saint-Athanase


October 30, 1894 in Montréal

Party Leader

January 18, 1883 to January 29, 1887


January 29, 1887 to December 16, 1891

A brilliant speaker and skilled strategist, Honoré Mercier would become Leader of the Liberal Party in 1893 and Premier on January 29, 1887.

Born in 1840, he was admitted to the Bar in 1865 and quickly earned a strong reputation as a lawyer. He was also recognized for his spirit and his words, as he wrote for the Courrier de Saint-Hyacinthe and the Montréal daily Le Temps.

In October 1887, he convened the first interprovincial conference since 1867 in order to discuss provincial autonomy and federal subsidies. He propelled colonization by creating the Ministry of Agriculture and Colonization in 1888 while supporting the expansion of the railway and the birth of the dairy industry. He would be re-elected as Premier in 1891.