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How well did Canadians (Government and Citizens) Support Those Who Fell on Hard Times during the Great Depression

The depression was a dark time for most Canadians. After the war times it was great in Canada and everyone had a bit of extra wealth to spend and had a good time; There was also many new technologies that people invested their money into but most people didn’t know what was about to come next. On Black Tuesday (October 29, 1929) the stock market crashed and everything went downhill. There were a number of other reasons that the 1930’s were such hard times and the Government didn’t do it’s best to stop them. He did make relief but it didn’t live up to its potential, healthcare and living conditions were also inadequate. There were also selfish people like R.B. Bennett and Charles Miller that made the hard times worse. The Government put Canadians in work camps but the fought back by starting the On-To-Ottawa Trek. It was not easy to live in Canada in the 1930’s and Government didn’t put forth enough to help Canadians. In the depression the relief or pogey that the Canadian Government supplied was not adequate. Pogey only included vouchers for things like food and relief (Fielding) and many necessities were left out. It couldn’t be used for supplies that the people really needed like building supplies to keep their houses from getting shabby and falling apart, clothes and rat poisons. This led to major health hazards. Next, relief ranged from $14 a month in Halifax to $60 in Calgary (Fielding). Back in that time period families commonly had many children even sometimes 11 (Azzopardi) and grandparents lived with them also. This was not enough for a family to live off for a month. Another flaw in the relief system is that no matter how big your family is and if you’re struggling a little bit or a lot it was a fixed amount everyone would get. Finally, relief was hard to get and you had to live in the same place for from 6 months to a year in order to be able to get it (Patton). During the depression many people moved around in order to find work. This left them with literally nothing. Relief was also hard to get for people ...

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