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The Right Honourable
William Lyon Mackenzie King
OM CMG PC
10th Prime Minister of Canada
In office
October 23, 1935 â€“ November 15, 1948
Monarch

George V
Edward VIII
George VI

Governor-General

The Earl of Bessborough
The Lord Tweedsmuir
The Earl of Athlone
The Viscount Alexander

Preceded by Richard Bennett
Succeeded by Louis St. Laurent
In office
September 25, 1926 â€“ August 7, 1930
Monarch George V
Governor-General

The Lord Byng of Vimy
The Viscount Willingdon

Preceded by Arthur Meighen
Succeeded by Richard Bennett
In office
December 29, 1921 â€“ June 28, 1926
Monarch George V
Governor-General The Lord Byng of Vimy
Preceded by Arthur Meighen
Succeeded by Arthur Meighen
Personal details
Born (1874-12-17)December 17, 1874
Berlin, Ontario, Canada
Died July 22, 1950(1950-07-22) (aged 75)
Chelsea, Quebec, Canada
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Education

University College, Toronto
(B.A. 1895, LL.B. 1896, M.A. 1897)
Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. 1896)
University of Chicago (no degree)
Harvard University (M.A. 1898, Ph.D. 1909)

Religion Presbyterian

As to the advantages of temperance in the training of the armed forces and of its benefits to the members of the forces themselves, there can be no doubt in the world.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Each year, therefore, a dollar spent on alcoholic beverages has purchased a smaller quantity.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Temperance is essential, if the services of men and women are to be employed to the best and most useful effect according, to the physical capacity and ability of each. Nothing less will assure a total effort.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription.
Once a nation parts with the control of its credit, it matters not who makes the laws.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand for long the terrific pace of modern war.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
In the twelve months immediately preceding the outbreak; of war, the quantity of spirits, both domestic and imported released for sale in Canada, amounted to over three and a half million proof gallons.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
When gasoline and rubber are rationed, electric power and transport facilities are becoming increasingly scarce, and manpower shortages are developing, it is difficult for people to understand their increased use for other than the most vital needs of war.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talks of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
For one cause or another, it has become necessary to impose restrictions upon the use of many commodities, including not a few of the necessities of life.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Since the outbreak of war, there has been in our country a steady increase in the consumption of spirits, wine and beer. It is estimated that in dollar volume, the annual outlay is now practically double what it was before the war.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand for long the terrific pace of modern war.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
If I am outspoken of the dangers of intemperance to members of our armed forces, it is because we are all especially concerned for the welfare of those who are risking their lives in the cause of freedom.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Fortunately, the Canadian people in all their habits, are essentially a temperate people.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
It is what we prevent, rather than what we do that counts most in Government.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Regardless of what one’s attitude towards prohibition may be, temperance is something against which, at a time of war, no reasonable protest can be made.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
I would not wish to imply that most industrial accidents are due to intemperance. But, certainly, temperance has never failed to reduce their number.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Let it be remembered, too, that at a time of war, nearly every one is under great strain.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Just when we most need to be clearheaded, in order to face the hard facts before us, there is all too frequently a very real inclination to give way to dangerous tendencies merely as an escape from realities.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Nor do we begin to have a clear appreciation of what the increase in consumption of alcoholic beverages in wartime means in increased risk, and in loss of efficiency to the fighting and working forces of the country.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Far more has been accomplished for the welfare and progress of mankind by preventing bad actions than by doing good ones.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
From the outset of the war, the Canadian people have clearly shown that it is their desire to help in every way to make Canada’s war effort as effective as possible.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Workers in industry are the partners in war of the fighting forces.
I really believe my greatest service is in the many unwise steps I prevent.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government, which sooner or later becomes autocratic government.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
The anxiety of most parents in seeing their sons and daughters enlist does not lie only in the fear of the physical dangers they may encounter.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
The increased consumption of alcoholic beverages in Canada since the outbreak of war is one evidence of this.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Self-denial and self-discipline, however, will be recognized as the outstanding qualities of a good soldier.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Usury once in control will wreck the nation.
Few would venture to deny the advantages of temperance in increasing the efficiency of a nation at war.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
There can be little doubt that absence from work, and inefficient work, are frequently due to intemperance.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
No one will deny that the excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic beverages would do more than any other single factor to make impossible a total war effort.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
The greatly increased consumption of alcoholic beverages is very largely a direct result of the increased purchasing power created by wartime expenditures.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
Every hour of useful work is precious.
On behalf of the federal government, I wish now publicly to appeal to the provinces to lend their co-operation in furthering our country’s war effort by effecting at as early a date as may be possible this much needed restriction.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
If the military might of Germany and Japan are ultimately to be crushed, the United Nations, one and all, must definitely and urgently strive toward a total war effort.
William Lyon Mackenzie King