Responding to the Great Depression

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Responding to the Great Depression by Mind Map: Responding to the Great Depression

1. The Governments Response

1.1. Prime Minister Mackenzie King

1.1.1. Unprepared for the Great Depression Believed it was temporarily The economy would recover back but just take some time

1.1.2. Did not support the provincial government Stated that he would not give, "a five-cent piece" Gave the opposition(conservatives) more power

1.1.3. Told Canadians to go to the municipal and provincial government for financial help The financial struggle had bankrupt many municipalities

1.2. Richard Bedford Bennett

1.2.1. Won election against Mackenzie King Majority government

1.2.2. The On-To-Ottawa Trek More than a thousand men left relief camp to protest In Vancouver they gathered to gather and held rallies and collected money for food Demand higher pay Camp Conditions The Relief Camp workers Union men decided to take complaints to the Prime Minister Supported by donations of food and supplies Regina, Saskatchewan

1.2.3. Bennett's Response Called RCMP ino stop them Ordered to clear the Trekkers from stadium Attacked the leaders as communist radicals and troublemakers Created a network of camps to help them during the depression Closed relief camps in 1936

2. Bennett's New Deal

2.1. Introduced numerous measures

2.1.1. Unemployment Relief Act Gave the province $20 million for creation programs The economy still did not improve

2.1.2. Raised Tarrifs by more than 50 percent Protecting the Canadian Companies Other countries setup trade barriers against Canada

2.1.3. The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act in 1935 To help farmers build irritations and reservoirs Drought and poverty forced families to leave their farms and move

2.2. Roosevelt's New Deal

2.2.1. Created new deal for the US supporting the unemployed and farmers Introduced the Social Security Act which included assistance programs Old age pension Unemployment insurance Financial assistance for mothers and children Did not get out of depression but helped millions Pushed towards brighter future

2.3. Reluctant to spend money on relief but shocked everyone with his announcement on his radio

2.3.1. Fair tax payments

2.3.2. Insurance to support workers

2.3.3. Min. Wage, regulated work hours, and better working conditions

2.3.4. Pension to support workers over 65

2.3.5. Agriculture support programs to manage wheat prices

2.3.6. Many saw this as a desperation act in order to gain votes and questioned his ability to go through with his plan To late