Economic Depression In Canada

Prime Minister Mackenzie King wrote in his dairy a day after the 1930 federal election that he did not care much for his loss in the election and that he was glad to throw the responsibility of finding a solution to unemployment problems to newly elected Prime Minister, R.B Bennett. R.B Bennett who took the responsibility of Canada when it was in a great economical depression is often blamed for his inability to cope with the depression and a series of dark historical event: On-To-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot that followed it. However, it is clear that Prime Minister Bennett who did his best to run the country is not to blame either for the On-To-Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot which inevitably arose out of the given situation of the …show more content…
The trekkers had food to eat, roof to sleep under, and they even earned money for their work until they could find their own job. The great depression hit Canada so hard that 3 out 10 men were out of work when Bennett was the Prime Minister of Canada. By 1933, about 20% of the population was on relief and the Gross National Expenditure had fallen by 42%. When the Trekkers made the demand for improved wages, they did not see that the country was deep in an economical depression and full of people who needed relief from the government. It was merciful of Prime Minister Bennett to have offered them relief when no cities wanted to take care of them. The trekkers should have understood that the country had no space for relief and been satisfied with what they government had offered them instead of asking unreasonable demands. The Regina Riot that happened next when the unreasonable demands of the trekkers were denied was not entirely caused by the Trekkers. However, it is unfair to blame Prime Minister Bennett for the Regina …show more content…
Prime Minister Bennett did perish and go to pieces. However, one must not blame Prime Minister Bennett who did his best in an impossible situation for the On-To-Ottawa-Trek and the Regina riot. Many western leaders in this, such as President Hoover in the United States, are blamed for their inability to deal with the depression. However, it was not necessary true that those leaders were all terrible. After all, it was McKenzie King who did not see the seriousness of the Great Depression when it started and it was R.B Bennett who at least tried to create works. After McKenzie King became the Prime Minister of Canada once again in 1935, King asked Bennett, who was Choi

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