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Canada's French-Speaking Viceroy

Two nations with one government - that is Canada, the country that "could not be," and is.

One monarchy with seemingly contradictory functions - that is the regime that Queen Elizabeth heads.

British and French live side by side without mingling in Canada. Monarchies and republics stand shoulder to shoulder in the British led Commonwealth of Nations, with a Queen at their head.

Now to these crosscurrents add a new one: Queen Elizabeth, in Britain the defender of a Protestant faith, approving as her Viceroy in Canada a noted Roman Catholic.

There are other paradoxes in the naming of General George Philias Vanier to be Governor General of the one-time Dominion, now a fully independent nation in a vast commonwealth. One is that he belongs to French-speaking Canada but was appointed by a Prime Minister, Mr. John Diefenbaker, who is perhaps more than usually pro-British among Canadians.

General Vanier's appointment is another milestone on the long march of French Canadians toward equality in fact as well as theory with the Canadian Anglo-Saxons. That some of the latter seem inclined to oppose the gains of their French-speaking countrymen is not a sign of opposition to equality itself, however, but of apprehension. Some of the Anglo-Saxon Canadians fear that the basis of equality and responsible government that has been preserved under British institutions in Canada may be lost in a gradual acquisition of political power by a community which employs religion, language, and culture as bulwarks against national fusion and allegedly as instruments for exacting privilege from the rest of the population.

However, Canada has had two French-speaking Prime Ministers. They left records of great national service. They are honored today by both Canadas, which are nearer to being one because of them. General Vanier seems to belong in their company. His appointment should help French-speaking Canadians to identify their interests more closely with those not only of Anglo-Saxon Canada but of Britain and the Commonwealth.


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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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