John Diefenbaker came to Hamilton several times. In this and the subsequent post, photographs of John Diefenbaker, before he became Prime Minister and once he became Prime Minister, are shown.
Delegates for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada gathered in Hamilton from December 9-11, 1956 to prepare for the National Convention in Ottawa on December 14, 1956. John Diefenbaker, a candidate for the party leadership is the man second from the right. He was in Hamilton to meet local delegates. Seen with the candidate are, left to right, Frank Lennard, MLA, Wentworth County; the Hon. W.K. Warrender, Minister of Municipal Affairs; William Wellington, PC candidate for Welland West; and Mrs. Ellen Fairclough, MP for Hamilton West.
Election night June 10, 1957. While John Diefenbaker was not in Hamilton that night, he was surely on the minds of those pictured above as he had won the Progressive Conservation leadership and had led that party in the campaign of 1957. Those gathered outside the Spectator office on King street east would soon learn via news items placed on the paper’s outside bulletin board that Diefenbaker had been elected Prime Minster.
Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library