Bennett’s actually hurt Canada as none of Canada’s former

Bennett’s response to the depression was either too
late or ineffective. In 1930, Canadians elected RB Bennett with a majority and he
became the 11th Prime Minister of Canada. When elected, he promised strong efforts to fight the unemployment.
However In 1932, a vast majority of Canadian workers
were jobless. Bennett was forced to adopt less traditional economic moves and
the federal government gave the provinces $20 million for relief programs. While
this was a great move, this move was ineffective and short-lived because it
didn’t necessarily lower unemployment in Canada, it only help temporarily for a
brief period of time. Canadians, while some where getting back on track, still
were stuck homeless and look to Bennett. In addition, Bennett also initiated a raised
tariffs to high levels, which was meant to reincorporate an innovative way into
the world trade markets. This would also provide protection of Canadian companies
and businesses as Canadians would now be narrowed down to buy mostly Canadian
goods because foreign goods would be too expensive and less available. However
this would boomerang back at RB Bennett, as Canada’s trade partners began to trade
actively with other countries with lower tariffs, making Canada a country no
one wanted to trade with. This plan seemed like a wonderful concept, however it
was ineffective and actually hurt Canada as none of Canada’s former trade
partners wanted to trade making the new tariffs primarily useless. Furthermore,
in 1935, Prime Minister Bennett was initially moved and influenced by US
President Theodore Roosevelt’s “New Deal” speech. The new deal was a
broadcasted speech by Roosevelt that was set up to lower unemployment, and provide
relief for the poor. Bennett, whom looked at the new deal as the real reason
towards this action, proposed a new plan of government policy to all the
provinces in announced in a series of radio broadcasts. Abandoning his previous
policies, Bennett advocated minimum wage, health and unemployment insurance,
government regulation of banking and trade, and other social reforms. Although
it sounded like a possible bright idea, Canadians had built up frustration
leading up this event which did not help with the 1935 election. Canadians instead
would choose Mackenzie King as the winner, meaning this new plan never got to
be carried out. This plan had an immense amount of potential, this plan was just
created too late and Canadians had lost trust in their prime minister. The
people perception of the government not responding to the Canadian citizens
needs resulted in RB Bennett’s loss in the 1935 election. Bennett’s efforts
were ineffective or too late.