In 1920’s, Canada faced the prosperity and post-war problems of World War I. However, due to the over-reliance on the United States, with the addition of the collapse of the stock market of national industrial issues, Canada was dragged into the Great Depression. At first, both Prime Ministers felt the government needed to take a step back and let the Depression balance itself out; however, as time went on, both men realized the federal government must step in to end the national crisis. King focused on the economic issues, and on the other hand, Bennett worked on human relief. King waited for a long time before attempting to solve the problems of the Great Depression; however, the actions Bennett and King took had little success and effect.
In 1929, William Lyon Mackenzie King was the Prime Minister during the outbreak of the Great Depression. At the time, King believed in the principles of laissez-faire; he believed the amount of federal government intervention should be kept minimal. King believed a balanced budget and less government interference were the answers to this catastrophe. In addition, King thought there was not an issue currently presented; he questioned the existence of the Depression. This is important because from 1930 to 1935, little action was taken due to the denial of the presence of a national crisis and the enforcement of laissez-faire. Without the support of the government, the Canadians struggled to live through poverty and an economic crisis. However, as time continued, there were no signs of the Depression disappearing anytime soon. So, by not doing anything, King allowed the problems in the nation to develop and to worsen. King’s intention and attempt to allow the Depression to even itself out res...
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...on; however, what he did do resulted in little significance. The actions King took was successful, yet it was very minimal compared to the disastrous effects of the Great Depression.
King and Bennett did take many attempts to solve the problems of the Great Depression; however, many had little success. King did wait a long time before taking substantial effort to solve the problems of unemployment and poverty. However, after their conversion from the laissez-faire, King attempted to form an international relationship with the U.S in the hopes to relieve Canada of its economic problems. Bennett was inspired pass a reform within the country in the hopes of improving human relief. However, despite their efforts, both Prime Ministers had little success from their actions and none of the attempts they took had any substantial effect toward the Great Depression of Canada.
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