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John G. Diefenbaker fonds
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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.

VII/E. Merril Menzies Subseries

Merril Menzies was an economist and brother-in-law of Dr. Glen Green, one of Diefenbaker’s closest political supporters in Prince Albert. In late 1956 Green gave Diefenbaker a paper by Menzies on the possibilities of northern development in Canada. As a result, Menzies became Diefenbaker’s chief economic advisor and the force behind the Northern Vision policy of the 1958 campaign. He resigned his position prior to the 1963 election.

This subseries contains reference material accumulated by Merril Menzies while serving as Diefenbaker’s economic advisor.

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.

VII/F. B.T. Richardson Subseries

Burton Taylor Richardson was a journalist, born in Manitoba in 1906. He was editor of the Toronto Telegram from 1953 to 1962 and special assistant to John Diefenbaker from 1963 to 1966. He wrote Canada and Mr. Diefenbaker in 1962 and briefly helped Diefenbaker with his own memoirs.

This series contains reference material assembled by Burton T. Richardson while serving as Diefenbaker’s special assistant.

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