Series - IV. Leader of the Opposition, Dec. 1956 - June 1957 Series

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IV. Leader of the Opposition, Dec. 1956 - June 1957 Series

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  • 1956-1957 (Creation)

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4.1 m of textual records

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This series contains Diefenbaker’s papers for the six month period of his first term as Leader of the Opposition. Although Diefenbaker outpolled Donald Fleming and Davie Fulton after the first ballot, his rise to prominence had not been without its setbacks. This was his third try for the opposition which had escaped his grasp in 1942 and 1948. This series consists largely of post-convention correspondence and election material, but there are also files about headquarters organization, the appointment of advisors, and current political events such as the release of the report of the Gordon Commission on Canada’s Economic Prospects.

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This series is filed according to an alpha-numeric system developed for the Leader of the Opposition’s Office and later used in the Prime Minister’s Office. Details of the filing system are available.

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Available on microfilm; reels M-5549 to M-5562 and M-5900 to M-5901

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