25 Stanley Avenue,
Hamilton, Ontario
September 9, 1963

Dear John,

No doubt you have wondered if I crawled in a hole or something and I do apologize for not having written before this.

I had intended to come down to Ottawa during the summer session but have had rather a hectic few months about which I shall tell you. The other day I met Mrs. Freeman in a Department store and when she told me Olive had been asking for me I really felt very guilty indeed.

About the first week in June I went into hospital for a check-up, the result of which was that I went back again for surgery the last week of June. I had amazing success with my recovery but, of course, it takes quite a bit out of one even under the best of circumstances.

The job of clearing out three offices and my bed-sitting room at the Chateau was a little more than I had bargained for. I have most of the stuff put away now but was amazed at what I had accumulated (it cost me $250 to have it moved to Hamilton). Gordon said “Thank goodness you didn’t have an apartment or a house,” to which I said “amen.”

I am going back into business with a group of Hamilton business and professional men in a new venture which should be quite exciting and challenging. As soon as the announcement is made

I shall let you know. My campaign manager, Mr. David Goldberg, Q.C., and I will be starting to work on the Hamilton West situation just as soon as the provincial election is over. We had intended starting September 1st but the election is claiming everyone’s attention right now. We will start a new organization, getting rid of some of the dead wood, and scouting around for a candidate because I have a feeling we may be in for an election sooner than most people think.

We will have to have three new candidates in Hamilton because, in addition to myself, I suppose you know Bob MacDonald has taken a position in Toronto and Quinto is running for the provincial.

Controller Ada Pritchard is running in Hamilton Centre which takes in a portion of my riding and a portion of Quinto’s. You may recall she is the woman I wanted Howard Green to name to the United Nations as a delegate but he wouldn’t go for it. She is a good candidate, aggressive and experienced, and should win if her workers are on their toes. She has had no experience in this kind of a campaign, however, and I am doing what I can to help her out.

We were all so sorry to hear that you had lost “Happy” who was a lovely animal. I am sure you must miss him sorely but hope you will replace him.

It must have been quite a chore moving to 541 and I have heard some intriguing tales about the situation there but will have to wait until I see you to get the story straight.

If all goes well, and my business will allow it, I shall try and come down during the forthcoming session and will hope to have a chat with all of my old friends.

I don’t know whether you heard about Howard or not but he and Jeannine are being married this coming Friday (the 13th!). You will be receiving an announcement in due course but I thought you and Olive would be interested since you met her on a couple of occasions although you may not remember.

So you can see that, with moving, surgery, son’s marriage, and my new business I have been far from idle.

As the Nova Scotians say, “God willing and weather permitting” I shall see you some time this autumn.

Warm regards to both of you.

Sincerely,

Ellen


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

Media and Document Gallery

Images

John Diefenbaker, Vincent Massey and the Cabinet with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
John Diefenbaker with Ellen Fairclough, William Hamilton, Gordon Churchill, Michael Starr and others in Centre Block Office
John Diefenbaker holding a plaque in Prime Minister’s Office
John Diefenbaker and Ellen Fairclough in Prime Minister’s Office

Audio

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

Documents

Letter from Ellen Fairclough to John Diefenbaker

Creator: Ellen Fairclough

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Postmaster General | Canada – 1963 Federal Election

Description: Ellen Fairclough apologizes to John Diefenbaker for losing her seat in Hamilton West and thanks Diefenbaker for the opportunity to serve in his cabinet

Date Created: 9 April1963

Identifier:MG01/XII/C/171 Volume 60 (041935 – 041938)

Memorandum Re: Discussion with Hon. Ellen Fairclough

Creator: John Diefenbaker

Subject: : Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Minister of Citizenship and Immigration | Canada – 1962 Federal Election

Description: John Diefenbaker summarized a conversation with Ellen Fairclough regarding the issue of Chinese immigration as it affected the loss of two constituencies from the Progressive Conservative Party during the 1962 Federal election, as well as his request that she transfer portfolios

Date Created: 12 August1962

Identifier:MG01/XII/C/171 Volume 60 (041926 – 041927)

Letter from Eldon Woolliams to John Diefenbaker

Creator: Eldon Woolliams

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Minister of Citizenship and Immigration | Canada – Member of Parliament

Description: Eldon Woolliams, MP, writes to John Diefenbaker, informing him of a letter he sent to Ellen Fairclough, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, regarding the treatment of Asians attempting to immigrate to Canada; Woolliams includes a copy of the letter he sent to Fairclough

Date Created: 23 August1960

Identifier:MG01/VI/335 Bow River Volume 288 (234922 – 234923)

Letter from Ellen Fairclough to John Diefenbaker

Creator: Ellen Fairclough

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Royal Commissions | Canada – Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Description: Ellen Fairclough suggests to John Diefenbaker that a Royal Commission on Citizenship and Immigration be established in June or September, 1960, with the report coming after 1962, the year of the next federal election

Date Created: 12 January1960

Identifier:MG01/VI/354 Volume 320 (256636 – 256637)

Postcard from Ellen Fairclough to John Diefenbaker

Creator: Ellen Fairclough

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Postmaster General | Canada – 1963 Federal Election

Description: Ellen Fairclough, on vacation in Barbados after losing her seat, indicates she will see John Diefenbaker next week

Date Created: 20 April1963

Identifier:MG01/XII/C/171 Volume 60 (041939 – 041939_f)

Letter from Ellen Fairclough to John Diefenbaker

Creator: Ellen Fairclough

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Personalities | Canada – Politics

Description: Ellen Fairclough updates John Diefenbaker on her personal and professional life since her defeat in the 1963 Federal election, in addition to her plans help the Progressive Conservatives regain Hamilton West

Date Created: 9 September1963

Identifier:MG01/XII/C/171 Volume 60 (041940 – 041942)

Letter from Ellen Fairclough to John Diefenbaker

Creator: Ellen Fairclough

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Minister of Citizenship and Immigration | Canada – Politics

Description: Ellen Fairclough informs John Diefenbaker that she has a personal note to give him from Mr. Eloi Belanger, elevator operator at the Chateau Laurier; Belanger’s attached letter requests that Diefenbaker hold a Hamilton area appointment for Fairclough

Date Created: 12 April1962

Identifier:MG01/XII/F/204 Volume 112 (077090 – 077091)

Royal Commissions Appointed

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada –Government | Canada – Royal Commissions

Description: Three documents listing Royal Commissions appointed: 1) June 21, 1957-October 17, 1957; 2) April 1, 1953-June 21, 1957; 3) November 15, 1958 – June 21, 1957

Date Created:1961

Identifier:MG01/VI/354 1957-1962 Volume 320 (256615 – 256618)