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The late Canadian prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950) was particularly well-known for his knowledge of economics and for his skills as a labor negotiator who successfully averted what would have been economically-debilitating strikes involving public utilities and mine workers. While politically liberal, King was no ideologue. A Harvard-educated economist by training, he understood that the well-being of society as a whole required cooperative if not always amicable relations between the providers of capital and the sources of their labor. When considering details for a hypothetical resume, therefore, one could logically begin with mention of King's educational background and the skills he brought to his positions in government and in private practice with respect to forestalling or averting labor strife.
King was considerably more educated than the average North American politician today, with multiple degrees from universities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, including the aforementioned degree from Harvard. His intellect, understanding of economics and passion for resolving conflicts between business and labor constituted his chief attributes, and should be duly listed on his resume.
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