Ian Mackenzie Correspondence

Ian Mackenzie Correspondence


Title Proper PR0211 MS0915 BOX 2 FILE 12
Date(s) 1942
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
These three documents are private letters written by Ian Mackenzie: two to Prime Minister Mackenzie King and one to the federal Minister of Mines and Resources, T.A. Crerar. In the first letter, Mackenzie expresses his concern that defense measures on the Pacific coast are “entirely inadequate,”. In the second letter, Mackenzie suggests four duties previously under the jurisdiction of the solicitor general be moved to ostensibly a new department: “the whole problem of interment”; “control and evacuation of enemy aliens in protected areas in Canada”; Civil Defense; and, Censorship “apart from the Post Office.” In the final document, Mackenzie recommends that berry farms on the Pacific coast be purchased by the Department of Mines and Resources “at sacrifice prices” to be reserved for “settler soldiers” returning from the war.
Name of creator
Senior, Charles Norman created this archive during his time as a reporter and then a governmental secretary.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Ian Mackenzie Correspondence
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