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Liberal majority for Louis St-Laurent in 1953

The Story

After a summer campaign, the Liberals comfortably cruise to victory in the 1953 federal election, winning 50 per cent of the vote and 171 seats. In this CBC Radio broadcast from the Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent says the voters' support will strengthen the government and allow it to continue striving for peace and prosperity. St-Laurent says the Liberal party will ensure Canadians in all provinces, regardless of race, creed, class or political party, will have equal opportunities and "a fair share of the bounties with which Providence has endowed our favoured land."

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Aug. 10, 1953
Guest(s): Louis St-Laurent
Host: Bernard Trotter
Duration: 3:15

Did You know?

• This is how the other parties in the 1953 election fared: Progressive Conservatives, 51; Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, 23; Social Credit, 15; independents, five.


• Four women - three Progressive Conservatives and a Liberal - were elected or re-elected in the 1953 election. This was an improvement on the previous general election, in which no women were elected.


• The day after the election, the Globe and Mail reported on the enthusiastic Quebec City crowd that greeted St-Laurent on election night: "As he entered the hall, the crowd stood on the chairs and cheered. Someone had a noisemaker that sounded like a police siren and sounded it continuously for some minutes."


• St-Laurent made the same speech four times that night - in English and French and for radio and television.  



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