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Mackenzie King Citizenship and Community chronicles the political career and personal life of one Canadas most illustrated and beloved Prime Ministers William Lyon Mackenzie King through the words of John English Kenneth McLaughlin and P Whitney Lackenbauer Michael Bliss in his publication in the Prime Minister Forever Mackenzie King presents his account of the life of Mackenzie King Although both publications agree and disagree on certain topics they are both very excellent and informative sources of the great figure that is William Lyon Mackenzie KingThe most trying moment in Kings political career is arguably the World War time period although King would rise to the occasion and his character would be solidified in history at this critical moment On January 14 1942 the federal government announced its plans to remove those of Japanese ancestry from the Canadian West Coast an extreme action at the time many deemed the act racially motivated In his own words Michael Bliss goes on to call the act as a blot on Canadas record However further knowledge would reveal the intentions of King First of all King was not a racist but merely had beliefs consistent with the social presumptions of race in his time Historical studies of his early literature including personal diaries and post secondary work preached liberal racial beliefs an example being his condemnation of the treatment of African-Canadians in the slums of Toronto The political on goings at the time greatly influenced Kings decisions At the time Canada had plunged into World War II as a colony of the British Empire British Columbia being on the west coast of Canada shared the Pacific Ocean with neighbouring Japan and faced the constant threat of attack This was only intensified by the abrupt attack of Pearl Harbour the year before Constituents of the west coast particularly British Columbians protested for the internments of Japanese nationals as they feared them a threat to personal security King thought that Japanese
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