Charles Tupper as Sir John A.ʼs Political Heir Apparent

1891
Sir Charles Tupper by John Horsburgh. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Sir Charles Tupper by John Horsburgh. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

As Sir John A.'s political career nears its end, Charles Tupper appears to be a likely successor. Historian Donald Swainson notes that, in a speech to a Kingston audience, Macdonald claimed “that when I do retire, he is a man who will fill my place.” However, following Macdonald's death in 1891 the party turns to three other leaders before finally appointing him party leader and Prime Minister. Tupper fills the top post for a mere 10 weeks before the party is swept from power by Laurier's Liberals in the 1896 election.