William Mackenzie King Essays

686 Words Sep 27th, 1999 3 Pages
In my background paper I will be talking about William Mackenzie King and how Great he was to our province; I will also talk about his great accomplishments,strength,and weaknesses. And how he achieved his role of being our Prime Minister. William Mackenzie King was the grandson of William Lyon Mackenzie, was born in Kitchener (then they called it berlin) on Dec. 17, 1874 he went to school and Studied hard and got his B.A. in law and also got a degree from the University of Toronto, and also studied at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. William Also became a served as a deputy minister of labour from 1900 to 1908 then he was first Elected to the house of commons in 1908, and succeeded Laurier as a leader of the …show more content…
Two years later the Liberals won a bare majority in the federal election and King became a Prime Minister. He set out to regain the confidence of the farmers in Ontario and western Canada who had supported the new Progressive Party, but his Reduction in tariffs and fright rates were not enough, and after the 1925 election the Liberals could stay in the office only with Progressive support. King was an Opposition Leader, keeping his party united as he attacked Bennett for unfulfilled promises and Rising unemployment and deficits. His only alternative policy, however, was to reduce Trade barriers. In the 1935 the Liberals party campaigned on the slogan ‘King or Chaos’,and was returned to office with a comfortable majority. King called a snap election early 1940 and his government was returned with an increased majority. Cooperation between the government and business and labour leaders shifted Canadian industrial production to wartime footing. The remarkable industrial expansion involved special Financial arrangements with the US and economic planning on a continental scale. To Placate Canadians who feared the return of the Depression after the war and who looked To the government for greater social security, King introduced Unemployment Insurance In 1940, and his reconstruction program. The Liberals narrowly won the 1945 election. King did not play a decisive role in the postwar era,

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