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Diefenbaker Canada Centre

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by Lisa Gulak (subscribe)
Traveller, physical fitness enthusiast, and freelance writer living in the beautiful country of Canada.
Published April 26th 2013
Visit Canada's only Prime Ministerial Centre
While former presidents of the United States of America build grand presidential libraries and archives, former Canadian Prime Ministers resume private lives when they leave office and become part of history. In Canada, there is only one Prime Ministerial Centre. It is the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on the beautiful University of Saskatchewan campus.

The centre was built in 1979 and opened to the public in 1980. It houses the Diefenbaker archives, museum and gallery. The museum is popular amongst history buffs, locals, tourists, and school groups. The museum contains replica rooms of the Prime Minister's Office and the Privy Council Chamber. In addition to the Diefenbaker exhibits, the museum features exhibits on issues of national and international significance.

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Diefenbaker Canada Centre. Photo credit: Lisa Gulak

John G. Diefenbaker was Canada's 13th Prime Minister. He was born in Ontario in 1895 and his family moved west and settled in Saskatchewan. His father was of German descent and during the First World War faced discrimination because of his heritage. The discrimination faced by his father impacted him strongly and fostered his desire for a fair and inclusive society. He was interested in politics from an early age and was determined to become Prime Minister, despite being told that it would be impossible for someone from the prairies to do so. Diefenbaker was responsible for introducing the Canadian Bill of Rights in 1960 and was notable for being the first Prime Minister of neither English or French descent.

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Photo credit: Lisa Gulak

Diefenbaker and his wife Olive are buried outside the Diefenbaker Centre on the University of Saskatchewan campus overlooking the South Saskatchewan River.

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The former Prime Minister's gravesite. Photo credit: Lisa Gulak

Admission to the centre is free, but donations are encouraged. The museum is a great way to learn about Canadian history and the life of a man that helped to shape it.
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Why? History is important. The past should never be forgotten.
When: Monday to Thursday 8:30am-8pm, Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, Weekends and Holidays 12pm-4:30pm
Where: Saskatoon, SK
Cost: Admission is free but donations are recommended
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