Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, July 4, 1942
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 July 4, 1942. Bezeau comments on tax exemptions for medical services and asks King to pass his concerns to the finance minister.
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
July 4, 1942
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.6 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.49
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

July 4, 1942

Right Honourable W.L.M.King

Prime Minister of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario.

Mr dear Mr. King:-

I understand that the budget now before parliament proposes to exempt from taxation such sums as are paid to doctors, dentists and nurses, provided the nursing service is rendered by a registered, graduate nurse.

In the case of nursing service, if a person cannot afford to pay the usual fee of $35.00 per week for a registered nurse, and can ill afford to pay $40.00 per month for a practical nurse, is there any good reason why the person who can ill afford to pay the lower fee should be taxed, while the person who can well afford to pay the higher fee goes free?

It seems to me that where the income is less than $2,500 per year, allowance should be made for expenses which result directly from sickness in the family, whether the expense is for a doctor, a dentist, a nurse(registered or practical) a housekeeper or a maid.

A doctor's certificate to the effect that the expense is necessary should prevent abuse of such a regulation.

I desire not to burden you with any lengthy argument in support of my contention. The justice of it is too obvious to require anything further.

I should be very glad if you would pass this on to the finance minister for his consideration.

Thanking you for the anticipated courtesy,

very sincerely yours,

C. MORTIMER BEZEAU

(reverso)

To The Editor:

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, July 4, 1942


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on July 4, 1942. Bezeau comments on tax exemptions for medical services and asks King to pass his concerns to the finance minister.