Memorandum Re: Discussion with Hon. Ellen Fairclough

SECRET MEMORANDUM

RE: DISCUSSION WITH HON. ELLEN FAIRCLOUGH

One of the most serious problems that was faced by the Government during the election was the question of immigration. Mrs. Fairclough had done well in her position but ethnic peoples do not feel that a woman should have a responsible position and never fully accepted her. I so advised her, and pointed out that we had lost two constituencies and possibly three because of the action taken against the Chinese.

As far back as November 1961 following a meeting in Winnipeg with representatives of the Chinese of that city, I directed that prosecutions that were under way should be proceeded with but there was no hope of making much of an advance, and there should be an immediate acceleration of the granting of entry certificates of such Chinese who had entered Canada illegally but had co-operated with the authorities by admitting their wrongdoing.

I directed, too, that the Hong Kong police should no longer be employed by the R.C.M.P.

Following this direction Mrs. Fairclough had tried to bring about an early issue of these certificates but Mr. Fulton continued to use the Hong Kong police, whose conduct was reprehensible and tyrannical.

Although I was given to understand that there were no further prosecutions during the election, two well-known Chinese in Edmonton were arrested.

The two constituencies that were definitely lost as a result of these prosecutions and action taken were Toronto-St. Paul’s and Vancouver Centre (Michener and Jung).

After some discussion, all in good spirits, she agreed to transfer.

I said if we had had a majority she might have gone to the Senate where she would be able to make a worthwhile contribution, and she said that would be a happy conclusion to one’s political career.

J.G.D.


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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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