William King

William King

William Lyon Mackenzie King, commonly known as Mackenzie King or W.L. Mackenzie King, was the 10th prime minister of Canada—serving as prime minister during World War II. He was a key player in disposession and forced uproot of Japanese Canadians.

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RoleNamePrime Minister
SurnameKing
ForenameWilliam
AddNameLyon
AddNameMackenzie
Regularized NameWilliam King

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Readers of these historical materials will encounter derogatory references to Japanese Canadians and euphemisms used to obscure the intent and impacts of the internment and dispossession. While these are important realities of the history, the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective urges users to carefully consider their own terminological choices in writing and speaking about this topic today as we confront past injustice. See our statement on terminology, and related sources here.