Swearing in of Georges P. Vanier as Governor General

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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.


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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
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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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