SECRET

August 12th, 1957

MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRIME MINISTER:

When we returned from London about a month ago, you asked me to have prepared a memorandum on the possibilities and means of diverting some 15% of Canadian imports from the United States to imports from the United Kingdom.

In discussion with Mr. Fleming and Mr. Churchill and officials in connection with the Commonwealth trade conference preparations, this problem was assigned to the Department of Finance. They have worked on it intensively and have revised their original paper to take into account comments from Trade and Commerce and External Affairs. They have now furnished me with their revised paper which I attach hereto.

The memorandum makes clear there are many serious difficulties. The pattern of our trade reflects far more than measures of commercial policy and indeed the latter have hardly been a dominant influence in the past decade. Consequently, to divert as much as 15% in the way considered would require quite drastic action.

You may like to think of having some study somewhat along these lines prepared in a form that could be published or that could form the basis of a detailed speech by one of your colleagues. It seems to me there would be some value in a good public understanding of the nature of the problems involved here. The matter of timing, however, is a very substantial one and perhaps it would be better to do this in Parliament on a suitable occasion.

R.B.B.


Olive and John Diefenbaker with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip standing outside the front door of 24 Sussex Drive before formal dinner
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with John and Olive Diefenbaker

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John and Olive Diefenbaker with Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II with representatives of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference
Queen Elizabeth II and Dwight Eisenhower with John Diefenbaker
John Diefenbaker with Queen Elizabeth in Newfoundland
John Diefenbaker, Vincent Massey and the Cabinet with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with John and Olive Diefenbaker

Audio

Speech by John Diefenbaker at a meeting of the Progressive Conservative Association of Nove Scotia, Kentville, NS

Creator: Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Subject: Canada – Leader of the Official Opposition | Canada – Crown

Description: John Diefenbaker warns that some in the Liberal Party of Canada have a desire to turn Canadian into a Republic, and that the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada will fight against this.

Date Created: 24 April1965

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T541-PAC177c

Speech by John Diefenbaker at the Moose Jaw Progressive Conservative Association, Moose Jaw, SK

Creator: Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Subject: Canada – Leader of the Opposition | Canada – Crown

Description: John Diefenbaker describes his battle for the maintenance of traditional symbolism in Canada’s flag as upholding Canada’s past, which is necessary for any country to be a great one

Date Created: 22 January1965

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T536a-c-PAC175bc

Documents

Memo from R.B. Bryce to John Diefenbaker

Creator: R.B. Bryce

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Trade with Britain

Description: Addresses difficulties which may arise from Diefenbaker’s desire to divert 15 % of Canadian export trade to the UK.

Date Created: 12 August1957

Identifier:MG01/XII/A/731 Volume 28 (019302)

Departing words to the Queen from Diefenbaker

Creator: John Diefenbaker

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

Description: Press release noting that Queen’s visit has strengthened Canadian pride.

Date Created: 16 October1957

Identifier:MG01/XXII/59 Volume 1

Draft of Queen’s Televised Address

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of State | Canada – Speech from the Throne

Description: Notes for nationally televised broadcast to be given by the Queen.

Date Created: 7 September1957

Identifier:MG01/XII/A/715 Volume 28 (019082 – 019085)

Press release announcing Queen to open Parliament

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of State | Canada – Parliament

Description: Queen to open First Session of 23rd Parliament on 14 October 1957.

Date Created: 9 July1957

Identifier:MG01/XXII/4 Volume 1

Press release announcing new trade mission

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Trade with Britain

Description: Discussions have led to a trade mission to UK to begin 22 November 1957

Date Created: 17 October1957

Identifier:MG01/XXII/60 Volume 1

Letter from Georges P. Vanier to John G. Diefenbaker

Creator: Georges P. Vanier

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

Description: The Government of Canada awaits official announcement that the Queen would make a royal visit to Canada.

Date Created: 15 July1959

Identifier:MG01/VI/311.3 Vanier Volume 110 (094448 – 094449)

Newspaper clipping

Creator: Unknown

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

Description: Governor General Georges Vanier’s appointment is hailed as a victory for French Canada.

Date Created:No date given.

Identifier:MG01/VI/311.2 Volume 110 (094376)

Swearing in of Georges P. Vanier as Governor General

Creator: Government of Canada

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

Description: Document describes the swearing in of the first French Canadian Governor General.

Date Created: 15 September1959

Identifier:MG01/VI/311.2 Volume 110 (094344 - 094345)

Telegraph from Georges Vanier to John Diefenbaker

Creator: Georges P. Vanier

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

Description: The Governor General describes his audience with the Queen.

Date Created: 4 August1960

Identifier:MG01/VI/311.2 Volume 110 (094282)