Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, April 5, 1946
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 April 5, 1945. Bezeau writes King to about labour arbitration.
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
April 5, 1946
Dimensions
Width: 21.6 cm
Height: 27.8 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.71
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

April 5, 1946

Right Honorable W.L.Mackenzie King

Ottawa, Canada.

Dear Mr. King: -

Attached please find clipping from The Toronto Star of this date which speaks for itself.

The idea of a permanent board of arbitration with powers similar to those of our courts will not be new to you; and is one to which the writer has given long consideration. I am not sure that it is the ultimate solution of the problem of industrial disputes; but it would seem to be a long step in advance of anything we have at present.

The matter has been discussed with labor men on several occasions, also with employers, and the consensus would seem to be that with the right personnel such courts would be a benefit to all classes of people; and much better than anything yet proposed as "labor legislation", as each case would be judged on its own merits.

With kindest personal regards, believe me as ever,

Your sincere friend,

C. MORTIMER BEZEAU

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, April 5, 1946


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on April 5, 1945. Bezeau writes King to about labour arbitration.