Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, November 26, 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 November 26, 1945. Bezeau expresses his views on the United Auto Workers strike at the Ford Motor Company site in Windsor, Ontario.
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
Nov. 26, 1945
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.8 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.68
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

November 26, 1945

Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King

Prime Minister of Canada

Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Mr. King:-

The statement by Ford strikers that, "The next move is up to the Government" brings prominently to the fore the question of whether the law of the jungle as exemplified by the Ford picket line, or the law of Canada is tp prevail in this country during the years that lie immediately ahead.

My sympathies are, and always have been with the workers in their legitimate efforts to obtain a better standard of living; but I am not in sympathy with illegal methods to achieve those ends. The present intollerable situation in Windsor is due largely to the encouragement given the law violators by Mayor Reaume and the Windsor City Council in protesting against sending police to maintain law and order. Within a few hours after the Windsor City Council has passed the resolution of protest, the same mayor and council had to call upon the strikers to remove a blockade of seized and stollen automobiles under threat of calling the militia. Further encouragement was given the law violators when Labor Minister Mitchell made the public statement that the last offer of these law violators to settle the strike was a fair one.

Any action by the Dominion Government that will give further encouragement to the lawless element within the labour movement will prove disastrous to industry and to the country as a whole. The union leaders in this city are waiting for governmental encouragement to pursue a course similar to that in Windsor; and I believe the same may be said of union leaders in most other cities and towns in Canada. The unions are not asking for better wages so much as for the right (?) to force every worker to join their organizations. One has only to consider what has taken place in Windsor to get a vision of the intollerable situation that would develop if all industries were completely unionized; and industry and workers alike were at the mercy of irresponsible and lawless leaders.

Much more might be said; but I do not wish to trespass upon your time. I might add, however, that I have expressed not only my own personal views upon the matter in question, but also the views of many other independent thinkers, among whom are union men who are not in sympathy with the more radical element among their leaders .

Very sincerely,

C. MORTIMER BEZEAU

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, November 26, 1945


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on November 26, 1945. Bezeau expresses his views on the United Auto Workers strike at the Ford Motor Company site in Windsor, Ontario.