Diefenbaker sworn in as MP a record 12 times

On today’s date in 1974, former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was sworn in as a member of parliament for the 12th consecutive time – a Canadian record, to which he would add another before his death in 1979.

In 1980, Canada Post commemorated Diefenbaker on a 17-cent dark blue stamp (Scott # 859). Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, the stamp had 13-plus perforations and general tagging along two opposite sides.

Diefenbaker would remain as a member of parliament until three months before his death on Aug. 16, 1979.

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