Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation

The Ministries


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Eighteenth Ministry

Progressive-Conservative 1
21 June 1957 - 22 April 1963

Prime Minister
Right Honourable John George Diefenbaker 2

The Ministry
Position Title
NameService Date /
Termination Date
Minister of Agriculture
Hon. Douglas Scott Harkness Acting Minister 21 June 1957 - 6 Aug. 1957
Hon. Douglas Scott Harkness 3 7 Aug. 1957 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. Francis Alvin George Hamilton 11 Oct. 1960 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Hon. Edmund Davie Fulton Acting Minister 21 June 1957 - 11 May 1958
Hon. Ellen Louks Fairclough 4 12 May 1958 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. Richard Albert Bell 9 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Defence Production
Hon. Howard Charles Green Acting Minister 21 June 1957 - 11 May 1958
Hon. Raymond Joseph Michael O'Hurley 12 May 1958 - 22 April 1963

Secretary of State for External Affairs
Rt Hon. John George Diefenbaker 21 June 1957 - 12 Sept. 1957
Hon. Sidney Earle Smith 13 Sept. 1957 - 17 March 1959
Vacant 18 March 1959 - 18 March 1959
Rt Hon. John George Diefenbaker Acting Minister 19 March 1959 - 3 June 1959
Hon. Howard Charles Green 4 June 1959 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Finance and Receiver General
Hon. Donald Methuen Fleming 5 21 June 1957 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. George Clyde Nowlan 9 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Fisheries
Hon. John Angus MacLean 21 June 1957 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Forestry6
Vacant 1 Oct. 1960 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. Hugh John Flemming 7 11 Oct. 1960 - 17 March 1963
Hon. Martial Asselin 18 March 1963 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Hon. Edmund Davie Fulton 5  8 21 June 1957 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. Donald Methuen Fleming 5 9 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Labour
Hon. Michael Starr 21 June 1957 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys
Hon. Léon Balcer Acting Minister 21 June 1957 - 6 Aug. 1957
Hon. Paul Comtois 7 Aug. 1957 - 6 Oct. 1961
Vacant 7 Oct. 1961 - 9 Oct. 1961
Hon. Walter Gilbert Dinsdale Acting Minister 10 Oct. 1961 - 27 Dec. 1961
Hon. Jacques Flynn 28 Dec. 1961 - 12 July 1962
Vacant 13 July 1962 - 17 July 1962
Hon. Hugh John Flemming Acting Minister 18 July 1962 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. Paul Martineau 9 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Minister without Portfolio
Hon. William Joseph Browne 9 21 June 1957 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. James MacKerras Macdonnell 21 June 1957 - 19 Aug. 1959
Hon. John Thomas Haig Senator 9 Oct. 1957 - 11 May 1958
Hon. George Ernest Halpenny 10 11 Oct. 1960 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. Malcolm Wallace McCutcheon Senator 11 9 Aug. 1962 - 11 Feb. 1963
Hon. Frank Charles McGee 18 March 1963 - 22 April 1963
Hon. Théogène Ricard 18 March 1963 - 22 April 1963

Associate Minister of National Defence
Vacant 21 June 1957 - 19 Aug. 1959
Hon. Joseph Pierre Albert Sévigny 20 Aug. 1959 - 8 Feb. 1963
Vacant 9 Feb. 1963 - 22 April 1963

Minister of National Defence
Hon. George Randolph Pearkes 21 June 1957 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. Douglas Scott Harkness 3 11 Oct. 1960 - 3 Feb. 1963
Vacant 4 Feb. 1963 - 11 Feb. 1963
Hon. Gordon Churchill 12 12 Feb. 1963 - 22 April 1963

Minister of National Health and Welfare
Hon. Alfred Johnson Brooks Acting Minister 21 June 1957 - 21 Aug. 1957
Hon. Jay Waldo Monteith 22 Aug. 1957 - 22 April 1963

Minister of National Revenue
Hon. George Clyde Nowlan 13 21 June 1957 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. Hugh John Flemming 7 9 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources
Hon. Douglas Scott Harkness 3 21 June 1957 - 18 Aug. 1957
Vacant 19 Aug. 1957 - 21 Aug. 1957
Hon. Francis Alvin George Hamilton 14 22 Aug. 1957 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. Walter Gilbert Dinsdale 11 Oct. 1960 - 22 April 1963

Postmaster General
Hon. William McLean Hamilton 21 June 1957 - 12 July 1962
Vacant 13 July 1962 - 17 July 1962
Hon. John Angus MacLean Acting Minister 18 July 1962 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. Ellen Louks Fairclough 4 9 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

President of the Privy Council
Vacant 21 June 1957 - 27 Dec. 1961
Hon. Noël Dorion 15 28 Dec. 1961 - 5 July 1962
Vacant 6 July 1962 - 20 Dec. 1962
Rt Hon. John George Diefenbaker 21 Dec. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Public Works
Hon. Howard Charles Green 16 21 June 1957 - 19 Aug. 1959
Hon. David James Walker 20 Aug. 1959 - 12 July 1962
Vacant 13 July 1962 - 17 July 1962
Hon. Howard Charles Green Acting Minister 18 July 1962 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. Edmund Davie Fulton 9 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Secretary of State of Canada17
Hon. Ellen Louks Fairclough 4 21 June 1957 - 11 May 1958
Hon. Henri Courtemanche 12 May 1958 - 19 Jan. 1960
Vacant 20 Jan. 1960 - 20 Jan. 1960
Hon. Léon Balcer Acting Minister 21 Jan. 1960 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. Noël Dorion 15 11 Oct. 1960 - 5 July 1962
Vacant 6 July 1962 - 10 July 1962
Hon. Léon Balcer Acting Minister 11 July 1962 - 8 Aug. 1962
Hon. George Ernest Halpenny 9 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Solicitor General of Canada
Hon. Léon Balcer 18 21 June 1957 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. William Joseph Browne 11 Oct. 1960 - 9 Aug. 1962
Vacant 10 Aug. 1962 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Trade and Commerce
Hon. Gordon Churchill 12 21 June 1957 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. George Harris Hees 11 Oct. 1960 - 8 Feb. 1963
Vacant 9 Feb. 1963 - 11 Feb. 1963
Hon. Malcolm Wallace McCutcheon Senator 12 Feb. 1963 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Transport
Hon. George Harris Hees 19 21 June 1957 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. Léon Balcer 11 Oct. 1960 - 22 April 1963

Minister of Veterans Affairs
Hon. Alfred Johnson Brooks 21 June 1957 - 10 Oct. 1960
Hon. Gordon Churchill 12 11 Oct. 1960 - 11 Feb. 1963
Hon. Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert 12 Feb. 1963 - 22 April 1963

Footnotes

  • [1] With the defeat of the Government in the general election of June 10, 1957, St-Laurent resigned on June 21, 1957 and the Eighteenth Ministry assumed office the same day.
  • [2] Diefenbaker was also President of the Privy Council and Secretary of State for External Affairs.
  • [3] Harkness was appointed Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources on June 21, 1957; Minister of Agriculture on August 7, 1957; and Minister of National Defence on October 11, 1960.
  • [4] Fairclough was appointed Secretary of State of Canada on June 21, 1957; Minister of Citizenship and Immigration on May 12, 1958; and Postmaster General on August 9, 1962.
  • [5] Fleming was appointed Minister of Finance and Receiver General of Canada on August 21, 1957; and Minister of Justice and Attorney General on August 9, 1962.
  • [6] The office of Minister of Forestry was created by Statute 8-9 Eliz. II, c. 41, assented to on August 1, 1960 and proclaimed in force on October 1, 1960.
  • [7] Flemming was appointed Minister of Forestry on October 11, 1960; and Minister of National Revenue on August 9, 1962.
  • [8] Fulton was appointed Minister of Public Works on August 9, 1962.
  • [9] Browne was appointed Solicitor General of Canada on October 11, 1960.
  • [10] Halpenny was appointed Secretary of State of Canada on August 9, 1962.
  • [11] McCutcheon was appointed Minister of Trade and Commerce on February 12, 1963.
  • [12] Churchill was appointed Minister of Trade and Commerce on June 21, 1957; Minister of Veterans Affairs on October 11, 1960; and Minister of National Defence on February 12, 1963.
  • [13] Nowlan was appointed Minister of Finance and Receiver General on August 9, 1962.
  • [14] Hamilton was appointed Minister of Agriculture on October 11, 1960.
  • [15] Dorion was appointed Secretary of State of Canada on October 11, 1960; and President of the Privy Council on December 28, 1961.
  • [16] Green was also Secretary of State for External Affairs.
  • [17] The Secretary of State of Canada was ex officio the Registrar General of Canada.
  • [18] Balcer was appointed Minister of Transport on October 11, 1960.
  • [19] Hees was appointed Minister of Trade and Commerce on October 11, 1960.