Important dates during John Diefenbaker's term as Prime Minister, 1957-1963.

From the Diefenbaker Canada Centre biography

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10 June1957 - Federal election results: Conservatives 112, Liberals 105, CCF 25 and Social Credit 19
22 June1957 - First Diefenbaker government sworn in
July1957 - Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference, London
7 Sept.1957 - Diefenbaker delivers major speech on Canadian-U.S. relations at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire
23 Sept.1957 - Speaks before United Nations General Assembly
14 Oct.1957 - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opens Parliament
20 Dec.1957 - John Diefenbaker is sworn in as a member of Her Majesty's Imperial Privy council in London, England
16 Jan.1958 - Lester B. Pearson elected leader of Liberal Party
31 Jan.1958 - Atlantic Provinces Power Development Act and Agricultural Stabilization Act passed
1 Feb.1958 - James Gladstone, a Blood Indian from Alberta, appointed to the senate
1 Feb.1958 - Parliament dissolved, pending an election
31 March1958 - Federal election: Conservatives 208, Liberals 48, Other 9; largest majority ever recorded
1 July1958 - CBC opens coast to coast live TV network
9 July1958 - President Eisenhower addresses joint Houses of Parliament
10 July1958 - Joint Canada-U.S. cabinet committee on Defence formed
5 Sept.1958 - First Canadian Bill of Rights introduced in Parliament by John Diefenbaker
7 Nov.1958 - Act to amend Old Age Security Act passed which increased payments and changed requirements to receive payment
Nov.-Dec.1958 - John Diefenbaker makes world tour visiting Commonwealth countries including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Australia
20 Feb.1959 - Avro Arrow cancelled
27 May1959 - Ceremony to launch construction of South Saskatchewan Dam at Outlook, Saskatchewan
18 June1959 - Queen arrives in Canada for cross-country tour
26 June1959 - The Queen and President Eisenhower officially open St. Lawrence Seaway at St. Lambert Lock, Montreal
14 Sept.1959 - Vincent Massey leaves post of Governor General
15 Sept.1959 - Georges Vanier installed as Governor General
31 March1960 - Amendment to Canada Elections Act grants franchise to Indian people
May1960 - Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in London, England
1 Aug.1960 - Department of Forestry established
10 Aug.1960 - Canadian Bill of Rights given royal assent
26 Sept.1960 - Prime Minister Diefenbaker addresses U.N on disarmament
20 Dec.1960 - Technical and Vocational Training Assistance Act passed
17 Jan.1961 - John Diefenbaker and President Eisenhower sign Columbia River Treaty in Washington, D.C.
14 March1961 - Commonwealth Prime Ministers draw up statement of racial equality which all members must adopt
15 March1961 - Prime Minister Verwoerd leads South Africa out of the Commonwealth
2 May1961 - China buys $368 million of grain from Canada and becomes our second largest market for wheat
16-17 May1961 - President Kennedy visits Ottawa
28 June1961 - Batoche opened as a National Historic Site
13 July1961 - James Coyne resigns as Governor of the Bank of Canada
21 July1961 - Town of Inuvik officially dedicated
22 July1961 - Opening of microwave communications system at Whitehorse
3 Aug.1961 - T.C. Douglas becomes leader of the NDP
28 March1962 - Canada sells $75 million wheat shipment to China
2 May1962 - Canadian dollar fixed at 92 1/2 cents U.S.
18 June1962 - Federal election results: Progressive Conservatives 116, Liberals 100, Social Credit 30, NDP 19; Diefenbaker minority government
3 Sept. 19621962 - Trans-Canada highway opened at Roger's Pass
10-19 Sept.1962 - Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in London
22 Oct.1962 - U.S. naval quarantine of Cuba
6 Nov.1962 - Government survives two non-confidence motions: 121 to 213 and 121 to 208
14 Jan.1963 - DeGaulle vetoes Britain's entry into the European Common Market
31 Jan.1963 - Spokesmen from all parties in the House of Commons condemn U.S. State Department statement on nuclear weapons in Canada as unwarranted intrusion
4 Feb.1963 - Harkness resigns as Minister of Defence over nuclear weapons policy
5 Feb.1963 - Government defeated twice on non-confidence motions: 140-109
6 Feb.1963 - Parliament dissolved
9 Feb.1963 - Hees and Sevigny resign from cabinet
25 Feb.1963 - Diefenbaker receives Freedom of the City of London
8 Apr.1963 - Federal election results: Liberals 128, Conservatives 97, Social Credit 24 and NDP 7
22 Apr.1963 - L.B. Pearson sworn in as Prime Minister and J.G. Diefenbaker becomes Leader of the Opposition
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