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Seances, drinking, and a heart attack: 5 unusual stories about Canada's prime ministers

In the middle of the hard-fought 1925 federal election, William Lyon Mackenzie King and his Liberals were in trouble.

King’s campaign on a stay-the-course budget was failing to resonate with voters and his majority Liberal government was in danger of being reduced to a minority. 1,193 more words


Saskatchewan's Gardiner Dam celebrating 50 years with 'best dam party' in July

Frankly my dear, it’s time to give a dam.

This July, the Gardiner Dam, Saskatchewan’s largest piece of infrastructure, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Located 25 kilometres north of Elbow, the dam was built between 1958 and 1967. 436 more words

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Throwback Thursday: PM Diefenbaker in Saskatoon

Every Thursday, we feature an image from the StarPhoenix archives.

Today, we have a photo of a parade downtown before Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker spoke at Kiwanis Park on May 25, 1962. 9 more words

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In six years as prime minister, John Diefenbaker made a lasting impact

John Diefenbaker left a rich legacy in Canadian political history.

After moving west as young boy with his family fromOntario, he began his political career in Prince Albert, racking up five unsuccessful runs to be the city’s federal and provincial representative, as well as its mayor. 268 more words


Canada's first Indigenous Senator

1958: Prime Minister John Diefenbaker appointed Akay-na-muka (James Gladstone) of the Blackfoot nation as Canada’s first Indigenous Senator. It would be another two years before… 22 more words


Deputy PM Erik Nielsen grew up on Prairies, represented Yukon

Saskatchewan has long been home to political heavyweights and Erik Nielsen is no exception.

The longtime Progressive Conservative politician and charismatic political operative served time in cabinet during the Mulroney years, including a stint as deputy prime minister. 220 more words


Exhibition depicts Canada's prime ministers with majesty and mischief

You can almost imagine John Diefenbaker’s jowls jiggling in an intricate miniature statue of Canada’s 13th prime minister – a quirky representation of the former leader in an exhibition that captures 150 years of political history. 892 more words