Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, April 4, 1930
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 4, 1930. Bezeau commends King for his actions in parliament regarding unemployment and continues to criticize the Conservative party position.
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 4, 1930
Dimensions
Width: 21.3 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.8
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4501 Longitude: -80.48299
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
S718 Disc 1
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

April 4. 1930

Rt. Hon. W.L.Mackenzie King.

Laurier House,

Ottawa, Canada.

My dear Mr. King:-

It seems to be impossible for a Tory to understand a Liberal who is “Honest enough to be bold, and bold enough to be honest.” Just as they believe they have a monoply of administrative ability, they believe they have a monoply of every other virtue. Of course the only ground for such belief is the frequent repetition of the thought.

As I understand your statement in the House of Commons regarding Federal unemployment relief to the provinces, you had in mind the fact that the Tories are trying to make political capital out of the present industrial situation; and that any assistance given by your Government to a Tory Government for the relief of the unemployed would be looked upon by the Tories as an endorsement of their claim that the Federal Government is responsible for any unemployment that exists in Canada at the present time, and would be used by them as ammunition to further their propaganda. As usual the Tories have torn part of a sentence from its context and given it a construction which the context does not warrant.

I know you are very busy at this time – too busy to read all I might say on this matter. No doubt hundreds of others are writing you on the same subject. Sufficient for me to say at this time that I heartily endorse what you said on the matter.

Your sincere friend,

C.Mortimer Bezeau

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, April 4, 1930


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on April 4, 1930. Bezeau commends King for his actions in parliament regarding unemployment and continues to criticize the Conservative party position.