Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, June 12, 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 June 12, 1945. Bezeau congratulates King on the Liberal Party's success in the election. He provided details about the local situation.

On Page 2, Bezeau repeats the opening and first paragraph of the letter.
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
June 12, 1945
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.8 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.61
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

June 12, 1945

Right Honourable W.L.Mackenzie King

Prime Minister of Canada

Laurier House

Ottawa, Ontario.

Dear Mr. King:-

Allow me to congratulate you on the return of yourself and government to office. I feel that the country and the whole world might properly be congratulated; because more of world-wide interest depended upon yesterday's voting than most people realize. We never can know all that we have escaped; but we have escaped plenty.

The local situation was a peculiar one. Life- lomg Liberals voted Conservative, while many Conservatives voted for Breithaupt. Because of a deal which L.O.is believed to have made with Hepburn by which the latter went over the head of the riding convention and sponsored a Catholic Tory for the Provincial seat, many Liberals went Tory.

On the other hand Tories voted for L.O.in the belief that he was slated for a cabinet position and could look after the interest of big business better than could Bailey. Whether the Tories won or lost throughout the country they would have in L.O. a representative, they believed.

In my opinion the thing that contributed lost to Breithaupt's huge majority was the Tory type of campaign. Here is a typical statement: "The political trickery that has been practiced by our present government is a disgrace to Canada. In 1942 the people of Canada gave a mandate to the Liberal Government to enact total conscription; yet even when times were most critical in the European war our prime minister ignored the will of the people and refused to enforce the mandate." Conscription in this riding was dynamite; and before the Tories awakened to the fact the damage to their cause was irreparable.

At this writing complete returns are not available regarding your own seat or the country at large; but with the independent Liberals who, no doubt will support the Government, I trust that your following will be sufficient to enable you to carry on without more than normal worries.

With kindest personal regards and every good wish

I am as ever

Your sincere friend,

(page 2)

June 12, 1945

Right Honourable W.L.Mackenzie King

Prime Minister of Canada

Ottawa, Canada.

Dear Mr. King:-

Allow me to congratulate you on the return of yourself and .Government to office. I feel though that I could more properly congratulate the country and the whole world; because more of world-wide importance depended upon yesterday's, voting that most people realize. We never can know all that we have escaped; but we have escaped plenty.

The local situation was a peculiar one. Life-lomg Liberals voted Conservative

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, June 12, 1945


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on June 12, 1945. Bezeau congratulates King on the Liberal Party's success in the election. He provided details about the local situation.

On Page 2, Bezeau repeats the opening and first paragraph of the letter.