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John Bracken

Premiers of the Canadian Provinces

Title

John Bracken

Denomination

45¢

Date of Issue

February 18, 1998

Year

Quantity

1,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Premiers of the Canadian Provinces

Series Time Span

1998

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Raymond Bellemare.

Layouts

Pane of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 1,000,000
Original Price: $4.50
Perforation: 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Set of 2 Official First Day Covers

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Ottawa ON
Perforation: 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Canadian history is punctuated by influential politicians who changed the course of this country - those who fought to introduce social programs, reform discriminatory legislation and strengthen the economy of the provinces. This February, Canada Post will pay tribute to 10 such figures - those from across the country who made their mark and helped build our provinces.

John Bracken

Born in Ellisville, Ontario, Bracken graduated from Ontario Agricultural College. He entered politics in 1920 after serving as a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and as president of the Manitoba Agricultural College. In 1922, at the request of the elected members, Bracken became Premier of Manitoba, then the Progressive party, and later the Liberal-Progressive party. In 1942, he became leader of the federal Conservatives - after agreed to add "Progressive" to the party name. He did not seek a seat until three years later, at which time the party was defeated. Bracken served as a leader of the opposition until 1948, then retired to his farm in Manotick, Ontario where he raised Jerseys and palominos and grew alfalfa. He later served Prime Minister John Diefenbaker as "Box-Car Commissioner" to help in the movement of grain and from 1959 to 1962 sat on the National Capital Commission.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1998, p. 15, 19.

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