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John G. Diefenbaker fonds Subseries
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I/B. Collections Subseries

This series contains documents relating to Diefenbaker’s actions for the collection of rents, unpaid loans and other debts. Those cases involving extensive litigation to collect the debts are to be found in the case files.

I/C. Requests for Assistance Subseries

This subseries contains correspondence between Diefenbaker and clients, or prospective clients, seeking legal advice on a wide range of topics. Many files are incomplete and it is impossible to determine the outcome of the case. There are also files of miscellaneous documents relating not only to the Requests for Assistance Subseries, but to the Case Files Subseries and the Collections Subseries.

I/D. Law Office Administration Subseries

This subseries contains records of the routine administration of Diefenbaker’s legal practice. There are financial records, legal diaries, and administrative correspondence. There is also correspondence with Diefenbaker’s partners and other lawyers and judges.

III/A. Constituency Files Subseries

This subseries contains general subject files about Progressive Conservative party affairs within the constituency, and requests from constituents for assistance in dealing with the federal government in matters of pensions, unemployment and taxation. Election files from the constituency are filed with the general election files.

III/B. Diefenbaker Subseries

This subseries consists of personal records and general correspondence, including Diefenbaker’s financial records, invitations, and requests for assistance from persons outside of Diefenbaker’s constituency.

IX/A. Numbered/Unnumbered Correspondence Subseries

This subseries contains correspondence dealing with such subjects as: trips and engagements; requests and appeals; the House of Commons; Royal Commissions; elections; the Progressive Conservative Party; law; resources; health and welfare; transportation and communication; and Canada’s foreign relations.

IX/B. Priority Correspondence Subseries

This subseries contains reference material and correspondence with heads of state, members of federal and provincial governments, prominent Canadians, and friends of Diefenbaker. Issues referred to include: government scandals; the economy; unification of the armed forces; the flag; elections; Quebec; Canada Pension Plan; Medicare; Expo ’67; unity and leadership of the Progressive Conservative party; and foreign affairs, particularly Canada-U.S. relations.

IX/C. General Correspondence Subseries

This subseries contains correspondence, clippings, and memorabilia sent to Diefenbaker by the general public. The letters cover a full range of political topics of the day. There is also correspondence from Diefenbaker’s Prince Albert constituents asking for his assistance as their Member of Parliament.

VII/D. Paul Martineau Subseries

Paul Martineau, born at Bryson, Quebec, in 1921, was a lawyer and Conservative Member of Parliament for Pontiac-Temiscamingue from 1958 to 1965. He served as Diefenbaker’s Parliamentary Secretary (1959-1961), Deputy Speaker (1962), and Minister of Mines and Technical Services (1962-1963).

This subseries contains the reference material assembled by Paul Martineau while serving as Diefenbaker’s Parliamentary Secretary.

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