Revival and Change
The 1957 and 1958 Diefenbaker Elections
Published by: UBC Press
272 pages, 140.00 x 216.00 mm, 15 b&w photos, 4 maps, 4 charts, 12 tables
- ISBN: 9780774866644
- Published: November 2022
Revival and Change is a compelling account of the elections, accomplishments, challenges, failures, and ultimate end of the Diefenbaker era. The Liberals were widely expected to win a majority in 1957, continuing their two decades in office. But new Conservative leader John Diefenbaker completely overshadowed his opponents. In his appearances on television and at rallies, he captured the mood of the country and, ultimately, the election. A second election the following year brought him a landslide victory, and the Liberals were reduced to their smallest number of seats since Confederation. This is the story of those elections, the issues that defined the government, and the era’s legacy in politics and society.