Talking Points for PC Speakers & Workers
General Election 1958
Confidential

Section 2 National Development
NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT

Roads to Resources

The program provides for:
Roads in Provinces

A Major Five Year Plan of Assistance to the Provinces for the construction of Roads necessary for the Development of Resources in the Northern Areas of the Provinces. Under this Program the Federal Government will share with the Provinces 50% of the Cost of Constructing any roads that would open new areas in which there is substantial promise of Resource Development. On the basis of indicated plans from a number of the Provinces the Program will result in a firm expenditure on Resource Roads of $75,000,000 and the final total will likely be over $100, 000,000. Beginning April 1, 1958, $1 ½ MILLIONS in Federal Funds will be available to each of the ten Provinces during each of the following five years. The maximum annual federal expenditure will be $15 millions and the maximum amount available to each province over the five-year period will be $7 ½ MILLIONS.

Roads in Territories

The Government has significantly increased the pace of Road Building activity throughout the two Northern Territories. It has announced a programme in the Yukon to construct Bridges on the main Highway system to eliminate the need for Ferries; to build an Access Road to the Eagle Plain and Peel Plateau areas with ultimate access to the Mackenzie river; and to speed up improvement of the Canol Road. In the N.W.T. it is accelerating the construction of a Road Connection to Fort Smith and also to Yellowknife.

Railroad to Great Slave Lake

In its First Eight Months the New Conservative Government has extended the very fullest cooperation to the C.P.R. and the C.N.R. in the studies now under way in connection with the proposed Railway to Great Slave Lake. The Railways are making a Location Survey in an effort to find the most satisfactory route, as well as an Economic Study of potential revenue which might result from the completion of such a Railway.

Airstrips

The Government has put into effect a policy of helping in the Construction of Airstrips to aid in the Opening of Mines in areas where there are no Roads.

Amendments to Northwest Territories Act

The Northwest Territories Act was amended to give the Commissioner of the Territories the power to borrow money from the Federal Government and to lend money to Municipal and School Associations. This amendment places the Northwest Territories on the same footing as the Yukon in this regard, and is part of the program of the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources to move the status of the Government of the Territories towards Self Government. (There was also another amendment dealing with the appointment of Police Magistrates).

Low Rental Housing Project Proposals

Subject to the approval of the Council of the Yukon Territory, which will meet in the latter part of March, Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation will commence construction this Spring of a three-bedroom row

Housing Project at Whitehorse, Y.T.

The project is expected to contain some 30 Units and in order to bring Rents within the means of the tenants in this relatively High-Cost Area, the Federal Government will be prepared to provide 75 per cent of the cost of a monthly subsidy which will reduce the rent per unit by $35 a month.

Power Project at Frobisher Bay

Announcement has been made that a Power Development is to be started at Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island which will provide badly needed service as well as jobs.


John Diefenbaker smiles as he is carried on the shoulders of members of a large crowd bearing election posters with slogans such as “Victoire assure pour Diefenbaker Dufresne”, Quebec City, Quebec.
John Diefenbaker campaigning in Quebec City

Media and Document Gallery

Images

John Diefenbaker voting at Prince Albert
John and Olive Diefenbaker beside a campaign train
John Diefenbaker speaking during election campaign
John Diefenbaker chatting with a farmer
John Diefenbaker speaking from an election train
John Diefenbaker with Leslie Frost
John Diefenbaker campaigning in Quebec City

Audio

Part of a speech by John George Diefenbaker at Dauphin Armouries during 1958 election

Creator: Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Subject: Canada – Parliamentarians | Canada – Personalities | Canada – Election Campaigning

Description: John Diefenbaker discusses the unprecedented wave of support for the Progressive Conservatives which is sweeping Canada

Date Created: 17 March1958

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T150-PAC17b

Speech by John Diefenbaker at an election rally in Winnipeg during the 1957 election campaign

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Parliamentarians | Canada – Personalities | Canada – Election Campaigning

Description: John Diefenbaker urges the voters to send Progressive Conservatives to Parliament so that all Canadians will have equality in rights and opportunities in Canada

Date Created: 23 May1957

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T144-PAC14

Speech by John Diefenbaker to open 1957 federal election campaign at Massey Hall, Toronto

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Parliamentarians | Canada – Personalities | Canada – Election Campaigning

Description: John Diefenbaker launches the Progressive Conservative Party’s 1957 election campaign, unveiling the party platform

Date Created: 25 April1957

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T134-PAC6a

Documents

Major Campaign Speech

Creator: John Diefenbaker

Subject: Canada – Elections | National Election – 1957 | Progressive Conservative Party – Campaign | Progressive Conservative Party – National Policy

Description: Campaign speech number 1 is a long version of Diefenbaker’s campaign platform for the 1957 election, where he outlines his vision for “One Canada.”

Date Created:1957

Identifier:MG01/XXI/589 Volume 17 (SCAN 0001 – 0014)

“A Date with Diefenbaker”

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Elections | National Election – 1957 | Progressive Conservative Party – Campaign

Description: Campaign poster announcing official opening of national campaign for election to be held on 10 June 1957.

Date Created: 25 April1957

Identifier:MG01/IV/304 – 1957 Volume 4 (02548)

“A New National Policy”

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Elections | National Election – 1957 | Progressive Conservative Party – Campaign | Progressive Conservative Party – National Policy

Description: Campaign booklet includes highlights of PC campaign and direct quotes from Diefenbaker’s speeches.

Date Created:1957

Identifier:MG01/IV/304 – 1957 Volume 4 (02611 – 02621)

“It’s Time for a Diefenbaker Government”

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Elections | National Election – 1957 | Progressive Conservative Party – Campaign

Description: Campaign flier criticizing Liberal Party’s closure of Parliament to pass “Pipeline Bill” without debate.

Date Created:1957

Identifier:MG01/IV/304 – 1957 Volume 4 (02531 – 02532)

"12 Good Reasons to Vote Conservative"

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Elections | National Election – 1957 | Progressive Conservative Party – Campaign

Description: Campaign advertisement outlines successes of Diefenbaker's government since the 1957 electoral victory.

Date Created:1958

Identifier:MG01/VII/B/21 Volume 268 (167391)

Opening Campaign Speech

Creator: John G. Diefenbaker

Subject: Canada – Elections | National Election – 1958 | Progressive Conservative Party – Campaign | Progressive Conservative Party – National Policy

Description: Diefenbaker's speech officially opening the 1958 campaign, given in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Date Created: 12 February1958

Identifier:MG01/XXI/950 Volume 19

"The Great Canadian"

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Elections | National Election – 1958 | Progressive Conservative Party – Campaign |

Description: Campaign poster for John Diefenbaker

Date Created:1958

Identifier:MG01/VII/B/21 Volume 268 (167376)

"Talking Points for Progressive Conservative Speakers and Workers"

Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Elections | National Election – 1958 | Progressive Conservative Party – Campaign | Progressive Conservative Party – National Policy

Description: Outlines policy initiatives for the 1958 election, including Northern Development.

Date Created:1958

Identifier:MG01/VII/B/21 Volume 268 (167403 – 167436)