Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How effectively did the Canadian government, individual Canadians, and new political parties respond to the challenges of the Great Depression - Part 4

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Mrs. P. E. Bottle and Mrs. Jack O’Hannon too had requested money to help their children and they explained their hardship of being parents in Depression to Prime Minister Bennett. The classic example is that“Bennett Buggies”, an automobile, which was dragged by oxen because people removed the engine as they could not afford to spend money to buy gasoline. As they traveled on streets with their “Bennett Buggies”, people thought Prime Minister would concern about average people’s conditions. However, today these materials consider as monuments by people which demonstrate that Mr. Bennett was the Prime Minister during the Great Depression. Furthermore, “On-to-Ottawa Trek” was journey led by men in British Columbia. Their goal was to go to Ottawa and protest against Bennett and his government. People demanded minimum wages and unemployment insurance. This was a major incident, where Canadians responded to situations in nineteen thirties effectively. On the other hand, it explains that people would not stay calmly, when they disliked Bennett’s political movements. Additionally, people lost their jobs as the depression began and some farmers left prairies to cities to find jobs. Between nineteen thirty one and nineteen thirty seven, around 120 000 people were left prairies to find jobs and to support their families. Many unemployed men went from city to city looking for jobs. Some people who came to cities from prairies realized that it would not be easy to find jobs, and they went back where they came from. During the “Great Depression” average Canadians attempted to capture the attention of the Canadian government, in order to explain their concerns, and people tried to find jobs to support them selves and their families. Overall, average Canadians effectively responded to conflicts in nineteen thirties.

In summery, “Great Depression” was a time period that gave suffers almost every body in the world. As it started at the beginning of nineteen thirties, Canadian economy plummeted and people lost their properties. Canadian government failed to monitor economy problems during the Depression in Canada. As a result, both Liberals and Conservatives did not manage to take a significant effort for Canadian economy and average Canadians. Prime Minister Bennett ruled Canada through the Depression; however he did not do what he promised before he elected. When the federal government was failing during the Depression, new political parties managed to bring a colorful spectrum for Canadian economy. After they introduced welfare and social insurance, people had gained more privileges. At the end of WW II to the present, Canadian government is still following some of the valuable ideas that were brought by newly formed parties in nineteen thirties. Above all, typical Canadians were the social groups those were severely harmed by the Depression. Furthermore, letters those were written to the Prime Minister Bennett confirm this situation. Nonetheless, people proved that they still had energy to help them selves in nineteen thirties; rather than waiting for a miracle to escape from the poverty. That is why people traveled from city to city to find jobs. Some people came to cities through rough paths to find jobs, and they lined up for hours in front of soup kitchens to escape from hunger. However, the important fact is that nothing was there to resolve the Depression, except WW II.

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