Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, December 20, 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 December 20, 1945. Bezeau reflects on the past year, and sends holiday greetings to King.
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.
Date of Original
Dec. 20, 1945
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.8 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S718_1.2.70
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
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Full Text

December 20, 1945

Right Honourable W.L.Mackenzie King

Ottawa, Canada.

Dear Mr. King:-

Another year is drawing to a close - perhaps the most momentous year since the dawn of time. I doubt that history records a similar period in which so many matters of so great importance hung in the balance. We who “viewed the battle from afar” can never know by what slender threads the tides of events were often turned in our favour.

Prior to your recent visit to Great Britain I was becoming alarmed at the trend of events there; but your decision to go at the time you did filled me with a new hope - a hope that was justified by subsequent events. When I observe the influences that are at work in Canada, the United States and in Great Britain to re-establish the old order, particularly in international trade, I would view the future with grave anxiety were any man, of whom I have any knowledge, other than yourself at the head of Canadian affairs at this time. If men of the Beaverbrook type were to become a power in present-day affairs the outlook for a permanent world peace would be dark indeed.

In this connection may I quote from an address which I recently delivered to the Young Liberals of this city: "No man living today is better qualified to solve world problems in a way to remove the causes of international friction, and insure a permanent peace, than is Mr. King…..In Mr. King lies the hope of Canada and of the world for better things to come."

For this reason you have done well to insist that Canada must have a voice in setting up the new world order. Without Canada the war would not have been won; without Canada the peace will be lost.

My wife and family join in extending every good wish for Christmas and the coming year. As for myself I am enjoying most excellent health.

Your sincere friend,

C. MORTIMER BEZEAU

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Letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King, December 20, 1945


Typewritten letter from C. Mortimer Bezeau to William Lyon Mackenzie King on December 20, 1945. Bezeau reflects on the past year, and sends holiday greetings to King.