Royal Commissions

(November 15th, 1948 to June 21st, 1957)

The following is a list of Royal Commissions appointed by the Administration of the Right Honourable Louis S. St. Laurent (November 15th, 1948 to June 21st, 1957):

Royal Commission Date of Establishment
1. Cases where revocation of citizenship is under consideration 17th December 1948
2. Transportation 29th December 1948
3. National development in the arts, letters and sciences 8th April 1949
4. Floods in Red River Valley, Manitoba 17th May 1950
5. Fire damage to towns of Rimouski and Cabano, P.Q. 17th May 1950
6. Rents payable on leased lands in townsites and subdivisions in Banff and Jasper National Parks and minimum value of buildings which may be erected therein 15th September 1950
7. Claims arising out of World War II (Mr. Chief Justice Ilsley) 31st July 1951
8. South Saskatchewan River Project 24th August 1951
9. Staking of areas and application for permits re exploring petroleum products by Sun Oil Co. and California Standard Co. 12th November 1951
10. Claims arising out of World War II (Mr. Chief Justice Campbell) 23rd October 1952
11. Criminal law relating to defence of insanity 2nd March 1954
12. Criminal sexual psychopaths 25th March 1954
13. Quartz mining and placer mining in Yukon Territory 29th April 1954
14. Agreed charges under Part IV of the Transport Act 20th May 1954
15. Patents, Copyright, Trade Marks 10th June 1954
16. Humber River Valley flood 20th October 1954
17. Coasting trade in Canada 1st March 1955
18. Long-term prospects of the Canadian economy            17th June 1955
19. Broadcasting in Canada 2nd December 1955
20. Dispute between Canadian Pacific Railway and Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers 17th January 1957
21. Financial position of Newfoundland 21st February 1957

Royal Commissions Appointed

April 1, 1953 – June 21, 1957

(excluding commissions appointed to inquire into charges of political partisanship, covering a period of 51 months)

 

Date of establishment

1. Criminal law relating to defence of insanity 2 March 1954
2. Criminal sexual psychopaths 25 March 1954
3. Quartz mining and placer mining in Yukon Territory 29 April 1954
4. Agreed charges under Part IV of the Transport Act 20 May 1954
5. Patents, Copyright, Trade Marks 10 June 1954
6. Humber River Valley flood 20 October 1954
7. Coasting trade in Canada 1 March 1955
8. Long-term prospects of the Canadian economy 17 June 1955
9. Broadcasting in Canada 2 December 1955
10. Dispute between Canadian Pacific Railway and Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers 17 January 1957
11. Financial position of Newfoundland 21 February 1957

Royal Commissions Appointed

June 21, 1957 – October 19, 1961

(excluding commissions appointed to inquire into charges political partisanship; covering a period of 51 months)

  Date of establishment
1. Energy policy 15 October 1957
2. Price spreads in food products 10 December 1957
3. Seabird Island Indians 18 February 1958
4. Railway problems 13 May 1959
5. Route of railway line, Northern Alberta 4 June 1959
6. Treaties 8 and 11 as applied to the Indians of the MacKenzie District 25 June 1959
7. Coal 6 October 1959
8. Motor vehicles industries 2 August 1960
9. Station CHEK-TV, Victoria, B.C. 6 September 1960
10. Government organization 16 September 1960
11. Canadian magazines and other periodicals 16 September 1960
12. Health services 20 June 1961
13. Unemployment Insurance Act 17 July, 1961
14. Banking and finance 18 October, 1961

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)