William Lyon Mackenzie King

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie

 

Born Dec. 17, 1874, in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario; died July 22, 1950, in Kingsmere, Quebec. Canadian statesman.

King served as minister of labor from 1909 to 1911. From 1919 to 1948 he was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He served as prime minister from 1921 to 1926, from 1926 to 1930, and from 1935 to 1948. In 1942, King’s government established diplomatic relations with the USSR; in the postwar period his government’s policies led to a sharp worsening of Soviet-Canadian relations. King’s foreign policy was based on the idea of weakening Canada’s dependence on Great Britain and strengthening Canada’s ties with the US in every way possible. King pursued an antiworker policy, which he concealed behind a bourgeois theory about the mediatory role of the state in relations between capital and the workers.

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Vital Library; Nathan Dueck, author of king's(mere)--an imaginative and audacious interpretation of the life of William Lyon Mackenzie King (poetry)--reading at West Kildonan Library; Greg Jackson-Davis, author of Digging for Philip--a young adult novel in which a 14-year-old digs up the restless Anishinaabe spirit Tikumiwaewidig near his island summer cottage reading at St.
Robert Wardhaugh, Mackenzie King and the Prairie West (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000)
At the occasion where this bill would normally be introduced in the Commons, Mackenzie King instead introduced a motion stating that in the opinion of "this House, in view of the recent general elections, the Government was justified in retaining office and in summoning Parliament; and the Government is entitled to retain office unless defeated by a vote of this House equivalent to a vote of want of confidence".
Canadian prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King devoted page upon page of his private diary to anxious ruminations on the case.
La motion avait ete defaite, mais fait interessant, Mackenzie King, le premier ministre le plus prudent de l'histoire canadienne, avait parle en faveur de la representation proportionnelle pendant le debat.
Canadian academics continue to be intrigued, if not fascinated, by William Lyon Mackenzie King, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 191948 and the country's longest-serving (almost 22 years) Prime Minister from 1921-26, 1926-30, and 1935-48.
A number of other young Canadians had preceded her there, not least of whom was Mackenzie King, who had also sought his own brand of inspiration in this tradition of liberal social change.
Eric Leclerc's superb article "After Dominion: The Making Of Canadian Foreign Policy" (Volume 19 Issue 10) is a concise survey of the evolution of Canadian foreign/military policy from 1919 to 1953 under Prime Minister Mackenzie King.
Nor was he -- like almost all his sources -- very sympathetic to Mackenzie King.
William Lyon Mackenzie King had led the Canadian delegation to London with a singular goal in mind: to redefine the role of the governor general.
Mackenzie King would note in his diary on February 1, 1938: ".
You cannot really blame the British; failings in the Canadian government and specifically the policies, or lack thereof, of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King are at the core of this "problem.

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