Letter from Eldon Woolliams to John Diefenbaker

House of Commons, Canada
502 Toronto General Trusts Bldg.,
Calgary, Alberta,
August 23, 1960
Stamped: “Seen by John G. Diefenbaker”
Personal and Confidential

 

The Right Honourable Mr. John G. Diefenbaker,
Q.C., P.C.,
Prime Minister of Canada,
House of Commons
Ottawa, Canada.

Dear Prime Minister: -

Re: Oriental Problem

Find enclosed a copy of a letter I have written to The Honourable Ellen Fairclough which I honestly and conscientiously believe is causing much difficulty across the country.

I do not know if there is a solution, but I really believe that some simpler formula could be devised and I bring it to your attention in the same spirit as I wrote the letter to Mrs. Fairclough.

Yours very truly,

Eldon M. Woolliams

EMW/ff

Encl.

Stamped: “Office of the Prime Minister, Aug 24, 1960”

House of Commons, Canada
502 Toronto General Trusts Bldg.,
Calgary, Alberta
August 23, 1960

Personal and Confidential

The Honourable Mrs. Ellen Fairclough,
Minister of Citizenship & Immigrations,
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Canada.

Dear Mrs. Fairclough: -

Re: Oriental Problem

My sympathy has always been with you Ellen as you have a most difficult portfolio, and in consequence, with this type of responsibility goes some unpopularity.

One of the main problems is the manner in which we treat Orientals. Is there not some easier formula which could be set up, rather than dealing with wives and relatives and questioning them in reference to their credentials, which only leads to a false hope and criticism of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration at your expense?

This is mentioned to you, not as criticism on my part, but as something which no doubt all of you have had in mind and mentioned only as a matter of goodwill to all.

Yours sincerely,

Eldon Woolliams

EMW/ff

c.c. to: The Prime Minister of Canada.


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John Diefenbaker standing in [Prime Minister’s Office, Centre Block] with Ellen Fairclough standing behind table [once belonging to Sir John A. Macdonald] talking
John Diefenbaker and Ellen Fairclough in Prime Minister’s Office
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John Diefenbaker, Vincent Massey and the Cabinet with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Creator: National Film Board of Canada

Subject: Canada – Head of State | Canada – Head of Government

Description: John Diefenbaker and his 1957 Cabinet posing with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Vincent Massey at Government House

Date Created: October 1957

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD438

John Diefenbaker with Ellen Fairclough, William Hamilton, Gordon Churchill, Michael Starr and others in Centre Block Office
Creator: Rapid Grip and Batten Ltd.

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Cabinet Ministers – Ellen Fairclough, William Hamilton, Gordon Churchill and Michael Starr

Description: John Diefenbaker, Ellen Fairclough, William Hamilton, Gordon Churchill, Michael Starr, two unidentified clergy and three other unidentified men posing for a photograph in the Centre Block Office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, circa Prime Ministerial years. Diefenbaker and Ellen Fairclough are seated at a desk as the others stand behind them.

Date Created: 1957

Date Ended: Day Month 1963

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD4423

John Diefenbaker holding a plaque in Prime Minister’s Office
Creator: Rapid Grip and Batten Ltd.

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Cabinet Ministers – Ellen Fairclough

Description: John Diefenbaker holding Sir John A. Macdonald plaque, standing by sideboard with Macdonald statue in East Block office. Ellen Fairclough watching on as unidentified man films plaque

Date Created: 1957

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD2100

John Diefenbaker and Ellen Fairclough in Prime Minister’s Office
Creator: Rapid Grip and Batten Ltd.

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Cabinet Ministers – Ellen Fairclough

Description: John Diefenbaker standing in [Prime Minister’s Office, Centre Block] with Ellen Fairclough standing behind table [once belonging to Sir John A. Macdonald] talking

Date Created: 1960

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD3431


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Speeches delivered at the Progressive Conservative Party’s Second Century Dinner, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:Unknown

Subject:Canada – Political Parties | Canada – Parliamentarians

Description:An unidentified speaker introduces Ellen Fairclough, Hamilton West MP, to the assembled guests.

Date Created:[1961]

Identifier:MG01/XVII/T133cd-PAC4

Speeches delivered at the Progressive Conservative Party’s Second Century Dinner, London, Ontario

Creator:Unknown

Subject:Canada – Political Parties | Canada – Parliamentarians

Description:Ellen Fairclough, Hamilton West MP, introduces Ontario Premier Leslie Frost to the assembled guests

Date Created:1955

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T133c-PAC3a

Speeches delivered at the Progressive Conservative Party’s Second Century Dinner, London, Ontario

Creator:Unknown

Subject:– Political Parties | Canada – Parliamentarians

Description:The event MC calls upon Ellen Fairclough, Hamilton West MP, to introduce Ontario Premier Leslie Frost

Date Created:1955

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T131-132b-PAC2b


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