St. John’s Manitoba governor general’s speech – 1962



Frank Wiens and Ted Byfield at an Alberta School Reunion in 2002.

I love the parliamentary system of government in Canada. Even when you lose an election, you win. There is no better job in government than being the Leader of the Opposition – you can be as lippy as you want without any of the responsibility. The Honourable Ted Byfield, the erstwhile Governor General, addressed the St. John’s parliament on January 7, 1962. We have obtained a copy of his speech and faithfully reprint it here.

Note to the reader: On rereading the document, I keep thinking that it might be the government’s speech to the governor general. In any case, 1962 appeared to be a productive year at St. John’s. Comments welcome below.

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