The Fall & Rise of Mackenzie King, 1911-1919

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CHAPTER 16
Ultimate Triumph-- the Convention of 1919

At the end of 1917, after his spectacular but unsuccessful campaign in North York, Mackenzie King was not utterly cast down; he was still unwilling to abandon his hopes for the political career to which he had just returned. He would carry on the fight, but not in North York, at least not until the next general election, and that might not be for another five years.*

In the meantime, if he sought immediate entry into Parliament, the fight would have to be in some area other than North York. His thoughts naturally turned to the province of Quebec; surely one of the sixty-two seats now held by Liberals could be opened for him. Had not Sir Wilfrid assured him before the campaign that if his fight in North York were satisfactory to Quebec, he 'could get anything', and from at least five leading Liberals in Quebec had he not been given the same undertaking without qualification? It was a grievous disappointment, on the day of reckoning and in succeeding months, that all these assurances of his Quebec col

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At the next general election, in 1921, he did contest North York again and won the seat by 1,055 votes, a majority almost equal to Armstrong's majority against him in 1917; it represented a turnover of more than two thousand votes.

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