As Prime Minister of Canada, Diefenbaker was determined that his cabinet and caucus would include ethnic minorities and others who had been historically disenfranchised from the political process.
Diefenbaker with Ellen Fairclough

Ellen Fairclough

Member of Parliament:

  • Hamilton West, 1950-1963

Historical Significance:

  • The first female Canadian Federal Cabinet Minister.

Parliamentary Responsibilities:

  • Secretary of State of Canada, 1957-1958
  • Acting Prime Minister, 19-20 February 1958
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, 1958-1962
  • Postmaster General, 1962-1963

Michael Starr

Member of Parliament:

  • Oshawa, 1952-1968

Historical Significance:

  • The first Canadian Cabinet Minister of Ukrainian descent.

Parliamentary Responsibilities:

  • Minister of Labour, 1957-1963
  • Acting Leader of the Opposition, September-November 1967
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader, 1965-1968