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The greatest Prime Minister of Canada was Mackenzie King our 10thPrime Minister of Canada and by far one of our greatest William Lyon Mackenzie King accomplished a lot in his twenty-0ne years of ministering our Country Canada It is what we prevent rather than what we do that counts most in Government Mackenzie King august 26 1936 This statement sums up the best secrets of Mackenzie Kings success as prime minister and perhaps the key to governing Canada effectively Kings record of prime minister is sometimes difficult to judge He had no uninteresting images he gave no repetitive speeches and he champions no drastic stage He is remembered for his easygoing passive compromise and conciliation Gregory page 267 Yet Mackenzie King led Canada for a total of twenty-two years through half the Depression and all of the Second World War Like every other prime minister he had to possess ambition endurance and determination to become prime minister and in spite if appearances his accomplishments in that role required political acuity decisiveness and faultless judgment William Lyon Mackenzie King was born in Berlin later renamed Kitchener Ontario in 1874 His father was a lawyer and his maternal grandfather was William Lyon Mackenzie leader of the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada From an early age King identified with his grandfather an association that influenced him throughout his political life King studied economics and law at the University of Toronto also the University of Chicago After graduating with an MA in 1897 he pursued his studies at Harvard In 1900 he entered the civil service and became Deputy Minister of the new Department of Labor King joined the Liberal party and won a seat in the 1908 election The following year he was chosen Minister of Labor in Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Lauriers Cabinet After he lost his seat in the 1911 election King worked as a labor advisor for the
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