John Diefenbaker

He was born on September 18, 1895
in Neustadt, Ontario and died August 16, 1979 at the age of 83. After graduating
from high school in Saskatoon, in 1912, Diefenbaker went to the U of S. Diefenbaker's
father, was a Liberal but, John found himself to like the Conservative party. John's
first contact with politics came in 1910, when he sold a newspaper to Prime Minister
Wilfrid Laurier. Out of the 28 students at his school, four served as
Conservative MPs. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1915 and his
Master of Arts the year after.  He was repeatedly
a candidate for leadership in the PC Party. He achieved leadership of the party
in 1956. He lead it for eleven years. He led the party to its first electoral
victory in 27 years in 1957. He was the 13th Priminister of Canada serving from
June 21, 1957, to April 22, 1963. During the six years that he was Prime
Minister, his government passed the Canadian Bill of Rights and let First
Nations and Inuit peoples vote. Diefenbaker selected the first female minister
in Canadian history to his Cabinet and the first Aboriginal member of the
senate.  Even though factionalism within
the party was muted by Diefenbaker's success, it rushed again as the
Progressive Conservatives lost support, falling from office in 1963.
Diefenbaker stood for re-election as party leader at the last moment, but
attracted minimal support and withdrew. He remained an MP until his death in

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