Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, May 26, 1931
Description
Creators
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Recipient
Bezeau, C. Mortimer
, Author
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on May 26, 1931. Bezeau states that he has enclosed a letter from Mr. Tweed and a newspaper clipping. Bezeau also informs King that he was in Ottawa attending an Unemployment Conference.but did not contact him because he knew King was busy.

In the letter Bezeau refers to Hon. Gordon Robertson as the Minister of Labor. He may be referring to Hon. Gideon Robertson, who was the Minister of Labor in 1931.
Notes
William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950) was Canada's longest serving Prime Minister with a total of 22 years (1921-1930 and 1935-1948). King was born in Berlin, Ontario (present day Kitchener) on December 17, 1874. He graduated from the University of Toronto and went on to study economics at Harvard and Chicago University. In 1900 King was named Canada's first Deputy Minister of Labour, and became Minister of Labour in 1909. In 1921 King was elected Prime Minster of Canada. King was a member of the Liberal Party of Parliament for over 30 years, 22 of those years were spent as Prime Minister of Canada. William Lyon Mackenzie King died on July 22, 1950 in Kingsmere, Quebec.

C. Mortimer Bezeau (1871-1964) was a politician in Kitchener, Ontario and a long-standing member of the Liberal Party. He held positions in local government in 1925-1926 and 1928, and was mayor of Kitchener from 1931-1932. Bezeau made many contributions to the 'Letter to the Editor' portions of The Globe and Mail regarding various political matters and opinions. C. Mortimer Bezeau died in 1964 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Ontario.

Throughout William Lyon Mackenzie King's career the two men corresponded via typed or handwritten letters and exchanged gifts.

Transcribed by Danielle Hughes in 2017.
Date of Original
May 26, 1931
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.20
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4501 Longitude: -80.48299
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
S718 Disc 1
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

May 26th, 1931.

Right Hon. W.L.Mackenzie King,

Laurier House

OTTAWA, Canada.

My dear Mr. King:-

Mr. Tweed has asked me to send you a copy of a letter received from Hon. Gordon Robertson. It will be noted that while the Minister of Labor did not definitely place the entire responsibility for the relief of unemployment and financial distress on the municipality, he does insist that we share with the provincial government two-thirds the burden before the Dominion Government will give any assistance.

I am taking the liberty of enclosing copy of a letter published in a number of papers a few months ago. Would you be good enough to give me your opinion of the proposed scheme as a practical solution of the unemployment problem. It seems to me that if we could get Labor to see it, the cost of such a scheme could be contributed by Labor itself without any hardship. In the final analysis, no matter how the money required as a medium of exchange is raised, Labor makes the contribution to the maintenance of the pensioners.

I was in Ottawa a few weeks ago attending the Unemployment Conference. I knew you were extremly busy; hence the reason I did not make my presence known to you.

Your sincere friend,

CMB/DMT

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, May 26, 1931


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on May 26, 1931. Bezeau states that he has enclosed a letter from Mr. Tweed and a newspaper clipping. Bezeau also informs King that he was in Ottawa attending an Unemployment Conference.but did not contact him because he knew King was busy.

In the letter Bezeau refers to Hon. Gordon Robertson as the Minister of Labor. He may be referring to Hon. Gideon Robertson, who was the Minister of Labor in 1931.