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"That's the Queen's one," says John Diefenbaker, casually, while opening his Christmas cards for CBC's cameras. The former prime minister, now a member of Parliament, is seen in this CBC Television clip among stacks of cards at his office. One is so large that an assistant barely has the arms' breadth to open it. Another, for which he expresses deep thanks, seems to choke him up because it's from a television station in his home province of Saskatchewan. 
. John Diefenbaker was born in Neustadt, Ont., in 1895. His family moved to Saskatoon in 1910. Diefenbaker grew up in Saskatoon and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan.

. Diefenbaker became the 13th prime minister of Canada in 1957. His government swept a second election in 1958 with a record 208 seats, the largest majority ever held by a Canadian prime minister. He was defeated in 1963 by Liberal Lester B. Pearson but continued to sit as an opposition MP.

. At the time of this television clip from The National Diefenbaker was a Conservative member of Parliament for Prince Albert, Sask. In 1972, Lloyd Robertson was CBC's national news anchor. The director of news and current affairs was Knowlton Nash. Nash held that title until 1978 when he became anchor and senior correspondent.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Jan. 1, 1972
Speaker: John Diefenbaker
Duration: 1:27
Date and program information are estimates.

Last updated: March 19, 2012

Page consulted on December 12, 2014

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