Secretary of State for the Provinces

Provincial Secretary and Registrar of Ontario Provincial Secretary Secretary of State for the Colonies
Secretary of State for the Provinces
Member ofCabinet of Canada
FormationJuly 1, 1867
First holderAdams George Archibald
Final holderThomas Nicholson Gibbs
AbolishedJune 30, 1873

Secretary of State for the Provinces was an office in the Cabinet of Canada, active from 1867 to 1873. The office was superseded by the Minister of the Interior on May 3, 1873.

The position was responsible for managing the responsibilities and inter-governmental links between the federal government and the provincial counterparts. The post replaced that of the Secretary of State for the Colonies in Britain and that of the Provincial Secretary or Colonial Secretary within the former British colonies of British North America (see Provincial Secretary of Upper Canada, Provincial Secretary of Lower Canada, United Provinces of Canada)


No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Adams George Archibald.jpg Sir Adams George Archibald July 1, 1867 April 30, 1868 Liberal-Conservative 1 (Macdonald)
2 Joseph Howe 1.jpg Joseph Howe November 16, 1869 May 6, 1873 Liberal-Conservative
James Cox Aikins.jpg James Cox Aikins
May 7, 1873 June 13, 1873 Liberal-Conservative
4 ThomasNicholsonGibbs23.jpg Thomas Nicholson Gibbs June 14, 1873 June 30, 1873 Liberal-Conservative

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