Diefenbaker, John G.

House of Commons notecard signed by Canada’s 13th Prime Minister

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(1895-1979) 13th Prime Minister of Canada, 1957-63. He was the only Progressive Conservative (PC or Tory) Party leader between 1930 and 1979 to lead the party to an election victory, doing so 3 times, only once with a majority of seats in the Canadian House of Commons. He grew up in Saskatchewan and was interested in politics from a young age. After brief service in WW I, Diefenbaker became a lawyer. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1940 and was repeatedly a candidate for the PC leadership. He gained the position in 1956, on his 3rd attempt. In 1957, he led the Tories to their 1st electoral victory in 27 years; in 1958 he called a snap election and which led to one of their greatest triumphs. Diefenbaker appointed the 1st female minister in Canadian history to his Cabinet, as well as the 1st aboriginal member of the Senate. During his 6 years as PM, his government obtained passage of the Canadian Bill of Rights and granted the vote to the First Nations and Inuit peoples. In foreign policy, his stance against apartheid helped secure the departure of South Africa from the Commonwealth of Nations, but his indecision on whether to accept nuclear missiles from the US led to his government's downfall. Diefenbaker is also remembered for his role in the 1959 cancellation of the Avro Arrow aircraft project. Even though factionalism within the Party was muted by Diefenbaker's electoral success, it surged again as the Progressive Conservatives lost support, falling from office in 1963, and his opponents were able to force a leadership convention in 1967. Diefenbaker stood for re-election as Party leader at the last moment, attracted minimal support and withdrew. He remained an MP until his death in 1979, 2 months after Joe Clark became the 1st Tory Prime Minister since Diefenbaker. Signed 4 x 5 engraved “House of Commons/Canada” notecard with official seal at top center, his printed name below.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Engraved Card






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