One Canadian: The Political Memoirs of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker

One Canadian: The Political Memoirs of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker
One Canadian: The Political Memoirs of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker
Genre biography
Written by Munroe Scott
Directed by Munroe Scott
Starring John Diefenbaker
Composer(s) Herbert Helbig
Country of origin  Canada
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Cameron Graham
Original channel CBC Television
Original run 6 October 1976 – 6 January 1977
Preceded by First Person Singular: Pearson - The Memoirs of a Prime Minister

One Canadian: The Political Memoirs of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker was a Canadian biographical television miniseries which aired on CBC Television from 1976 to 1977.



John Munro filmed more than nine hours of interviews with former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in late 1974. Episodes included this footage combined with historic photographs and other film footage of Diefenbaker. As a memoir, the series provided little critical examination of Diefenbaker's political career.[1]


Douglas Rain supplied narration in place of the actual interviewers such as Thomas Van Dusen. Wilfred Doucette was the series director of photography. Herbert Helbig composed the series music, and its theme was performed by the Canadian Brass.


This half-hour series was broadcast on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. from 6 October 1976 to 6 January 1977.


  • 1, 2: childhood and early legal career
  • 3, 4: political career since 1919, to his 1940 election to the House of Commons of Canada after a series of unsuccessful election attempts, until his 1956 election as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party
  • 5 to 11: from opposition leader to election as Prime Minister, then his return to opposition
  • 12: loss of the Progressive Conservative party leadership in 1967
  • 13: Diefenbaker's summary of his career and observations on government


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