Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mackenzie King Memorial

William Lyon Mackenzie King, PC, OM, CMG (December 17, 1874 – July 22, 1950) was the dominant Canadian political leader from the 1920s through the 1940s. He served as the tenth Prime Minister of Canada from December 29, 1921 to June 28, 1926; from September 25, 1926 to August 7, 1930; and from October 23, 1935 to November 15, 1948. His memorial stands on Parliament Hill, just north of the East Block.




LONGEST-SERVING PRIME MINISTER

During the 22 years William Lyon Mackenzie King
(1874-1950) served as Prime Minister, Canada weathered
the second half of the Great Depression and fought
the Second World War. Under his leadership, Canada
introduced old age pensions, unemployment insurance
and veterans' pensions. in 1947, King became the first
Canadian citizen, marking a milestone in Canadian
identity and independence. Here, he is shown as a
commanding and determined presence.