Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, February 10, 1945
Description
Creators
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Author
Bezeau, C. Mortimer
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on February 10, 1944. King thanks Bezeau for his letter and mentions that what happened in Grey North electoral district was similar to his loss in North Waterloo. He will consider Bezeau’s suggestion of amending the Elections Act.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Notes
Watermark on page - Rolland Parchemnet / Made in Canada


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. 10, 1945
Dimensions
Width: 20.3 cm
Height: 25.2 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.58
Collection
William Lyon Mackenzie King collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.42094 Longitude: -75.69029
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

{OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

CANADA}

[ handwritten] Strictly personal

Confidential [end handwritten]

Ottawa

February 10, 1945

C. Mortimer Bezeau, Esq.,

12 Ellen Street, East,

Kitchener, Ontario.

My dear Bezeau,

I thank you for your letter of February 6.

It is true that it was generally admitted that the C.C.F. preferred the election of the Liberal candidate to the Tory in Grey North. It is, however, quite apparent that on the day of election a very large percentage of C.C.F. members left their own party to vote for the Tories. You know enough about what happened in North Waterloo when I was defeated to be able to appreciate what took place in Grey North. There is no question in the world that similar methods were used in the last two days.

I shall of course, notwithstanding, be glad carefully to consider the representations of your letter re amendments to the Elections Act.

All good wishes to you.

Yours very sincerely,

[signed] W.L.Mackenzie King

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Letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau, February 10, 1945


Typewritten letter from William Lyon Mackenzie King to C. Mortimer Bezeau on February 10, 1944. King thanks Bezeau for his letter and mentions that what happened in Grey North electoral district was similar to his loss in North Waterloo. He will consider Bezeau’s suggestion of amending the Elections Act.

Signature in black ink by William Lyon Mackenzie King