Archive: Rt. Hon John Diefenbaker On His Life And Career.

The Education of Mike McManus

This interview with Rt. Hon. John Diefenbaker, was conducted in 1978 by Mike McManus at TVOntario. It begins with Diefenbaker talking about Mackenzie King's visit to Prince Albert, and then about Louis St. Laurent, his predecessor as Prime Minister. He talks proudly of his quest to further civil liberties, which resulted in the introduction of the Canadian Bill of Rights and votes for First Nations and Inuit peoples. He talks lovingly about his former wife Olive, and of Winston Churchill's affection for her. He credits his wife and his strong Christian faith with being his greatest sources of inspiration and support. He admired Abraham Lincoln and was friends with Harry Truman. Although he believes politicians' memoirs are not a good source of history, he has given all his papers to the University of Saskatchewan. (Originally aired February 1978)
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Feb 07, 1978
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