The Great Depression
Were Canada’s government’s responses to the Great Depression adequate?
By: Prateek Madhika
Were Canada’s government’s responses to
The Great Depression adequate?
After World War I ended in 1919, Canada had a small recession during the World war, but after the war, Canada had the fastest growing economy in the world. The 1920s had been a successful period of growth for Canada, with living standards improving remarkably. Then suddenly, in the late 1920s the economy took a sharp turn for the worse. The depression originated in the US, directly caused by the spark of the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday, but quickly spread to almost every country in the world due to
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Because of the refusal of the local governments, the federal government established “Unemployment relief camps”. The camps gave shelter, food, and jobs to the jobless. But, the “Unemployment relief camps” does not sound as good as it seems. The jobs in the camps paid around 20¢/day of hard work. “The men were paid 20¢/day and given terrible food and bug-infested bunks. Most of the camps were deep in the woods, so the men were completely isolated.” . Each room in the camp had around seven men sleeping in it. The jobs that were assigned were not worth it for the wages that were being paid. The camps were located in remote areas such as northern Ontario and interior B.C. . The camps were located in remote areas to show the people in the cities that the government is taking good control of the depression. The camps were in such bad conditions in means of location, types of jobs and their wages that the men working in those camps went on strike in April 1935. They decided to go talk to Bennett to fix the problem of the relief camps. But, they were unsuccessful. The government seemed as if they were trying to help the unemployed but instead it was a plan for the government to take the poor and unemployed out of the sight of those who are not being by the depression much. The Unemployment Relief Camps were not meant to relief the hungry and the unemployed, it was meant to get the hungry and the jobless out of sight. The requirements to