Mackenzie King opened the CNE twice as Prime Minister, the first time is pictured here in 1927. The second was 20 years later in 1947, when the fair re-opened after having been closed during the Second World War.
This picture would have been taken in the second of his three terms as Prime Minister of Canada (1921-1926; 1926-1930 and 1935-1948).
Mr King (1874-1950) was Canada's longest serving prime minister. He steered Canada through industrialization, much of the Great Depression, and the Second World War.
By the time he left office, Canada had achieved a greater independence from Britain and a stronger international voice.
Under his leadership, Canada also implemented policies such as unemployment insurance in response to industrialization, economic distress and changing social realities.
View the Prime Minister's signature in the CNE's Opening Day book.