Rekindling the Chief’s Vision

If the photo above this article was shown to all Canadians, only a miniscule fraction would be able to identify the towering man in the foreground. Taken during the federal election campaign in the summer of 1957, this photo prominently displays Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker. It was during this campaign that then Member of Parliament John Diefenbaker ascended to stardom, swaying thousands with his spellbinding oration, and motivating the Progressive Conservative caucus to make him their centrepiece. The slogan “It’s Time for a Diefenbaker Government” was plastered to newspapers and…