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Religious Affiliation of Canadian Prime Ministers


Since confederation in 1867, 21 individuals have served as Prime Minister of Canada. Four have served non-consecutive terms.

Note that the total in the percent column below adds up to more than 100% because some prime ministers have converted from one religious affiliation to another, and were counted in both categories.

Religious Affiliation Prime Ministers Num. of
Prime
Ministers
% of
Prime
Ministers
% of
Canadian
Population
in this Religion
(2001 Census)
Catholic John Thompson
Paul Martin
Jean Chretien
Brian Mulroney
John Napier Turner
Joe Clark
Pierre Trudeau
Louis St. Laurent
Wilfrid Laurier
9 43% 43.2%
Anglican Kim Campbell
Richard B. Bennett
Robert Borden
John A. Macdonald
Charles Tupper
John Abbott
6 29% 6.9%
Presbyterian William Lyon Mackenzie King
Arthur Meighen
Robert Borden
Mackenzie Bowell
4 19% 1.4%
Baptist John Diefenbaker
Alexander Mackenzie
Charles Tupper
3 14% 2.5%
Methodist John Thompson
Lester B. Pearson
2 9.5%  
United Church of Canada Lester B. Pearson 1 4.8% 9.6%

Name Term of Office Religious Affiliation
Paul Martin 2003 to present Catholic
Jean Chretien 1993 to 2003 Catholic
Kim Campbell 1993 Anglican (lapsed)
Brian Mulroney 1984 to 1993 Catholic
John Napier Turner 1984 Catholic
Joe Clark 1979 to 1980 Catholic
Pierre Trudeau 1980 to 1984
1968 to 1979
Catholic
Lester (Mike) B. Pearson 1963 to 1968 Methodist/United Church of Canada
John Diefenbaker 1957 to 1963 Evangelical Baptist
Louis St. Laurent 1948 to 1957 Catholic
Richard B. Bennett 1930 to 1935 Anglican
William Lyon Mackenzie King 1935 to 1948
1926 to 1930
1921 to 1926
Presbyterian; mysticism
Arthur Meighen 1926
1920 to 1921
Presbyterian
Robert Borden 1911 to 1920 raised Presbyterian; later Anglican
Wilfrid Laurier 1896 to 1911 Catholic (anti-clerical)
Charles Tupper 1896 Baptist; Anglican
Mackenzie Bowell 1894 to 1896 Presbyterian
John Thompson 1892 to 1894 Methodist; converted to Catholicism
John Abbott 1891 to 1892 Anglican
Alexander Mackenzie 1873 to 1878 Baptist
John A. Macdonald 1878 to 1891
1867 to 1873
Anglican
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