Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, February 6, 1945
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 February 6, 1944. Bezeau expresses his regret on the result of the election in Grey North electoral district, and recommends amendments to the Election Act.
Notes
There are three hole punches on the left side of the page.


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
Feb. 6, 1945
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.8 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.57
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

C. Mortimer Bezeau

12 Ellen. St. East

Kitchener, Ontario. February 6, 1945

Right Honourable W.L.Mackenzie King

Ottawa, Canada.

Mr dear Mr. King :-

Needless for me to say how much I regret the result in Grey North; but the result of the vote brings several questions prominently to the fore, chief of which is the effect of third parties on popular, or representative government.

For the first sixty years of Confederation the Tories were in office two-thirds of the time with the aid of third parties, some of which were financed by Tories for the purpose of defeating the Liberals.

Among C. C. F. members it is generally admitted that they preferred election of the Liberal to the Tory in Grey North; but their candidate in the field caused the Tory to he elected though in a minority of almost two thousand votes. If the C. C. F. plays a similar roll in a general election they could bring about the defeat of your Government; and I am wondering if another session of Parliament would not be worth while if for no other purpose than to amend the Election Act so as to prevent a repetition, on a much larger scale, of what happened in Grey North.

Yours very sincerely,

C. MORTIMER BEZEAU

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, February 6, 1945


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on February 6, 1944. Bezeau expresses his regret on the result of the election in Grey North electoral district, and recommends amendments to the Election Act.