Saskatchewan

'Diefenbaby' says he has genetic proof he is related to ex-PM

A Toronto man says he finally has DNA results that show he is related to John Diefenbaker.
George Dryden has been hoping genetic tests will prove that former prime minister John Diefenbaker was his father, but says a hair sample discovered recently won't work. (Colin Perkel/Canadian Press)

A Toronto man says he finally has DNA results that show he is related to John Diefenbaker.

And George Dryden believes it's proof enough that he's the son of the former prime minister and longtime Saskatchewan member of Parliament.

Dryden says a genealogist tracked down two dozen distant relatives of Diefenbaker earlier this summer, but they all refused to provide DNA samples.

So he hired a private investigator who retrieved a Q-Tip with ear wax that one of the relatives had thrown away.

Dryden says he had the Q-Tip tested and compared with his own DNA and the results show a genetic link.

Dryden, who bears a strong resemblance to Diefenbaker, claims his mother had an affair with the Conservative leader in the 1960s.