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A debate on the merits of fictionalizing WLM King's life

With his cautious policies and shrewd political skills, he successfully led Canada for almost 22 years. But behind closed doors, he held secret séances and had frequent conversations with his dead mother. As Canada's longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King's public persona was staid and serious. After his death in 1950, however, his fascinating private life slowly came to light.

A writer explains why she created an imaginary life for the former prime minister.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Dec. 30, 1983
Guest(s): Michael Bliss, Heather Robertson
Host: Barbara Frum
Duration: 5:29

Last updated: November 29, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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