Friday, March 19, 2010

Political Turmoil in the 1930s

Politics is and was every where. This was particularly evident in the 1930s. As usual, when the country was in turmoil, finger pointings and blame games were nothing unusual.

McKenzie King and the Liberals were in charge when the depression started. However the Liberals were shattered in the election of 1930 because McKenzie King neglected provinces with Conservative Governments. For instance, King didn’t give the “five cent piece” to any province with a Conservative Government. Manitoba, where the Ivanov family originally settled down, was one of them. Therefore, almost everybody in Manitoba stood against King’s actions, the Liberals as well as the federal government. As a result, R.B. Bennett came into the office. In order to cope with the depression, he set up a relief scheme through out the country, mostly in Ontario. Men worked day and night under dreadful working conditions, and at the end of the day, they received a payment of 20 cents. 20 cents was mealy sufficient to sustain anybody. Thus, this plan clearly didn’t work!

In reaction, many people protested the government. “On-to-Ottawa Trek” was one of them, where people tried to go in front of the parliament and protested. Having seen all these events, people thought the changes of the two parties, from the Liberals to Conservatives, were like exchanging gingers with chillies!

People who traveled to the prairies hoping to find jobs were forced to travel to other parts of the country. In the prairies, farmlands and windmills were shattered and everybody was deprived. These circumstances were common throughout North America and much of the Europe. The government’s lack of responsibility was one of the main aspects that worsen the depression. R. B Bennett’s policies were no differing from the once already executed by McKenzie King. In the midst of the political bickering, average citizens would continue to suffer for years to come!

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