Original Diefenbaker house may become a national historic site

September 27, 2015



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Recently, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a re-elected Conservative government will purchase the house where former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was born and establish it as a national historic site.

Diefenbaker was born on September 18th, 1895 at 144 Barbara Street in Neustadt, Ontario in Grey County. He lived there for eight years until his family moved to Saskatchewan. Diefenbaker served in the House of Commons from 1940 until his death in 1979, winning 13 elections. He was Prime Minister of Canada between 1957 and 1963.

“John Diefenbaker made an enormous contribution to Canada,” said the Prime Minister. “Our government will ensure his contributions to our country are remembered and understood by future generations.”

The Prime Minister also highlighted many of Diefenbaker’s accomplishments in an interview with Paul Grein, a local student at St. Peter & St. Paul’s school in Durham.

Once purchased, the Diefenbaker home will be operated by Parks Canada, similar to existing arrangements for William Lyon Mackenzie’s family home in Kitchener (Woodside National Historic Site) and Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s family home (Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site).

Larry Miller, Conservative candidate in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, has been a strong proponent of the purchase and preservation of the Diefenbaker House.

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MP Larry Miller

“I am very pleased to see that the government is committed to purchasing and making the Diefenbaker House in Neustadt accessible to the public for future generations to enjoy,” said Larry Miller, “The Diefenbaker House is an important historic landmark. This commitment will ensure that this historic site is properly preserved and celebrated in the local community.”

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