William Lyon Mackenize King is not William Lyon Mackenzie. You heard it here first.
I B in ur internets, writin’ abt ur Prime Ministrs.
|Name||William Lyon Mackenzie King|
|Born:||December 17, 1874 in Berlin (now Kingston), ON|
|Died:||July 22, 1950|
|Held Office:||December 29, 1921 – June 28, 1926September 25, 1926 – August 6, 1930
October 23, 1935 – November 15, 1948
|Best known for:||-With more than 21 years as P.M., he was not only the longest serving Canadian Prime Minister, but the longest serving Prime Minister in the history of the British Commonwealth!-He led Canada through WWII.
-He was big into exerting Canadian autonomy – arguing for greater autonomy at the Imperial Conference of 1926, deciding that Parliament would vote before Canada went to war, and creating the idea of Canadian citizens (as opposed to British subjects) with the Citizenship Act of 1946.
-He held seances to talk to, among other people, his dead mother. Oh yeah, and his dead dogs.
-He’s on the $50 bill.
|Some Things I Didn’t Know About This P.M.||-Mackenize was one of his given names, not part of his last name (although it was his mother’s maiden name, so you can see where the confusion comes from)-his little brother’s name was Dougal MacDougall King. Who the hell names their kid Dougall MacDougall?
-he won the first ever Liberal Leadership Convention, which was held in 1919. All the Liberal Party leaders before that were chosen by the party caucus.
-he was never married and had no children… that he knows about.
-he led the first ever minority government in Canadian history.
-he introduced old age pensions
-in 1930, he appointed the first ever female senator, Cairine Wilson, in Canadian history
-he created the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1936 and the National Film Board (NFB) in 1938 (yay CBC & NFB!). He also created the precursor to Air Canada (called Trans-Canadian Airlines) in 1937. I’m pretty sure it’s not actually his fault that Air Canada sucks so bad.
-he expanded the National Research Council, mostly with nuclear research
-4 jackass things that Mackenzie King did:
I like top hats.
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Image credits: From from the Library and Archives Canada, copyright is expired.
1Yeah, I keep a journal, where I write all the juicy stuff that I don’t want y’all on the internets to read about!