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A Real Companion and Friend:
The diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King

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Behind the Diary

A King's Who's Who Biographies

Gideon Matte

Gideon Matte became King's Private Secretary and receptionist in 1945. Earlier he had managed King's campaign in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. After that campaign, King wrote of Matte: "I was quite impressed with his nature and character and have some thought of bringing him into my office. I think he would be very helpful there." (Diary, August 7, 1945)

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