John Diefenbaker, though better known for his political achievements, was one of the over 600,000 Canadians who enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Diefenbaker, who was injured in a training accident, never had the opportunity to serve in a combat role in the Great War.
Later, as the thirteenth Prime Minister, his government introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights (1958), appointed the first Aboriginal Senator (1958), extended the franchise to all Native Canadians (1960), and created the National Hospital Insurance Plan (1961).
It was his government that also cancelled the famous supersonic Avro Arrow program. Born in Neustadt, Ontario in 1895, John Diefenbaker died in 1979 and is buried in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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