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INSTALLATION OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL

His Excellency Major-General Georges P. Vanier, D.S.O., M.C., C.D., was installed as Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada at a stately ceremony in the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, September 15.

The Governor-General Designate and Mmme [sic] Vanier arrived in Ottawa by train from Montreal on Monday evening, and were met by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker and Mrs. Diefenbaker. Later on Monday evening, the Prime Minister gave a dinner in honour of the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, C.H., who retired as Governor General on Major-General Vanier's installation.
Mr. Massey left Ottawa by train for his home, Batterwood House, at Fort Hope, Ontario, an hour before the installation of his successor.

The First Battalion, Regiment of Canadian Guards, provided the Guard of Honour for the Installation of General Vanier.

On their arrival at the Parliament Building, the Prime Minister conducted General and Mme Vanier to the Senate Speaker's Chambers, and from there, a procession composed of members of the Governor General's Household and with the Chairman and Chiefs of Staff in attendance, conducted General and Mme Vanier to their places at the foot of the dais in the Senate Chamber.

The Ceremony commenced with the reading of General Vanier's Commission of appointment, signed by Her Majesty The Queen in Halifax on August 1, at the conclusion of her tour of Canada.

The Chief Justice, Hon. Patrick Kerwin, administered the three oaths of office--theoath [sic] of allegiance, the oath of office of Governor General, and the oath of office as Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada. Following the signing of the oaths, General Vanier took his place on the Throne, and, after curtsying to him, Mme Vanier took her place on his left.

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The new Governor General then signed and sealed his first xxxxx Proclamation, bringing his Commission of appointment into effect. When the Proclamation was read, the band of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, Montreal, played the Royal Salute, and a 21-gun artillery salute was fired from Nepean Point as the Governor General's standard was raised on the Peace Tower.

Prime Minister Diefenbaker, who sat during the ceremony at the head of the council table in front of the xxx dais, spoke of the significance of the installation ceremony, and the distinction that Major-General Vanier brought to the office of Governor General. He expressed best wishes on behalf of the government and people of Canada to Their Excellencies for their term of office.

On his departure from Ottawa, Mr. Massey was accorded a Royal Salute by the First Battalion Canadian Guards at the Union Station, and said farewell to the Prime Minister and Mrs. Diefenbakers, to members of the Cabinet and their wives, to the Chief Justice and Mrs. Kerwin, and the dean of the diplomatic corps, His Excellency Francis Lacoste, Ambassador of France.


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)