Press release announcing Queen to open Parliament

Office of the Prime Minister

Canada

Press Release Ottawa, July 9, 1957

Announcement

The Prime Minister, the Honourable John Diefenbaker, announced this afternoon that Her Majesty the Queen had today graciously consented to open the first session of the Twenty-third
Parliament of Canada on Monday, October 14th.

"I am confident that all parties in Parliament will welcomes this unique opportunity to have Her Majesty open our Parliament and greet us as we take up our duties there", Mr. Diefenbaker said, "It will be the first occasion in our history when the Sovereign has personally presided over the opening of Parliament in Canada, It seems wholly appropriate that this historic event should take place on our Thanksgiving Day, which will make it possible for many more Canadians to see Her Majesty on this occasion than would otherwise be the case.”

Her Majesty will arrive in Canada on the afternoon of Saturday, October 12th, and will leave Ottawa for the United States on the morning of Wednesday, October 16th. In view of the shortness of the Queen’s stay in Canada, it will not be possible for Her to visit any place other than Ottawa.

The usual formal proclamation on calling Parliament together on October 14th for the despatch of business will be issued in due course,


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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
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Head of State | United States – President | Yacht

Description: John and Olive Diefenbaker, Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at official opening, St. Lawrence Seaway, on Royal Yacht Britannia

Date Created: [1959]

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1941XB

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Creator: RCAF Photographic Establishment

Subject: Canada – Head of State | Carriage | Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Description: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in an open coach driven to the opening of Parliament

Date Created: 14 October 1957

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1875XC

Queen Elizabeth II with representatives of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Head of State | Commonwealth – Prime Ministers

Description: Official photograph of the Queen and her ministers at the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference, London

Date Created: October 1957

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1447

Queen Elizabeth II and Dwight Eisenhower with John Diefenbaker
Creator: Unknown

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

Description: Queen Elizabeth II, Dwight Eisenhower and John Diefenbaker standing outside unknown building

Date Created: [v./ca. 1958]

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1189

John Diefenbaker with Queen Elizabeth in Newfoundland
Creator: Unknown

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

Description: John Diefenbaker greeting Queen Elizabeth II behind left wing of airplane at St. John’s, Newfoundland as spectators and military look on in background

Date Created: 18 June 1959

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1185XB

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 | Canada – Cabinet

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

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with John and Olive Diefenbaker
Creator: Unknown

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

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

Date Created: 15 October 1957

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD432


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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:24April1965

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:22January1965

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T536a-c-PAC175bc


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