John G. Diefenbaker was born in Neustadt, Ontario on Sept. 18, 1895 to William and Mary. He joined the Canadian Officers' Training Corps and served as lieutenant with the 105th Saskatoon Fusiliers' Regiment between the years 1916-1917. Afterwards, he returned to school in Saskatchewan and became a lawyer starting up a practice in Wakaw.
He married Edna Brauer, then after her death, he remarried in 1953 to Olive E. Freeman Palmer. He had no children.
John G. Diefenbaker was elected to the house of Parliament in 1940 and won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1956. The Party won the 1957 election and John G. Diefenbaker became Canada's 13th Prime Minister. He was defeated in 1963 by the Liberals, and in 1967 Diefenbaker was replaced as the P.C. leader by Robert Stansfield.
During his reign as Prime Minister, he initiated the Canadian Bill of Rights, which was later adopted in 1960. John G. Diefenbaker died on Aug. 16, 1979.
The 1973 Negev dinner, along with the erection of the John G. Diefenbaker Parkway in Israel, was the Toronto Jewish Community's recognition of his humanitarian efforts and his commitment to Israel.
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File consists of photographs documenting the Negev dinner held in honour of John G. Diefenbaker at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
The programme for the evening included speeches and presentations from the following guests: Robert R. Hall, Rabbi David Monson, Leona Finkler, Cantor Joseph Cooper, Hon. Allan Grossman, Ambassador Theodor Meron, James F. Kay, Bernard M. Bloomfield, Philip G. Givens, Murray B. Koffler, and David L. Dennis.
48 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
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File consists of photographs documenting Saul Cowan's career as a trustee and then as chairman of the North York Board of Education. Included are group photos of the board and trustees, participants at inaugural meetings and at an Advisory Vocational Dinner. There are also images of Saul's installation as chairman, his visits to a community day care centre and an elementary schools' art exhibit in a library, and the sod turning ceremony for the Education Administrative Centre at 5050 Yonge Street (1969). In addition, there are photographs taken at the openings of Newtonbrook Secondary School, Stanford Fleming Secondary School, and Herron Valley Junior High School. Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson is seen in the Newtonbrook pictures.
File contains a letter Dunkelman in his role as the National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of Canada wrote to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Dunkelman urges Trudeau to protect Canadian Jews from an Arab boycott. The file also includes a biography Dunkelman used when representing Jewish organizations.
File consists of photographs of Phil and Min Givens at a dinner for Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Included are images of Phil Givens delivering a speech, Min Givens seated with Prime Minister Pearson at a head table, and Phil and Min Givens standing with Prime Minister Pearson, Paul Hellyer and an unidentified guest.
Photographs are by Boris Spremo of the Globe and Mail.
Item is a photograph of Phil Givens (left) conversing with Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau (centre) and Mayor William Dennison during a visit to Toronto's New City Hall during the 1968 federal election.
Canada. Prime Minister (1968-1979 : Trudeau)
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