Saturday, January 4, 2014
When preparing a paper 3, it is always best to reference historical perspectives to earn the highest marks possible. Consider historians like John Boyko on Bennett's conversion to New Deal policies. How about Findlay's perspective on Canada and Keynsian economics? How do historians such as Bumstead, Finkel, Conrad, and Strong-Boag address how the Depression led to the growth of a strong federal government in Canada?
Like the United States, Canada emerged from World War II with strong rates of production, low unemployment, including increased employment opportunities for women. Compared to the United States, how much did the influence of Canada's federal government increase over the course of the Great Depression and the second World War?
We have been talking about Canada for a while, but definitely always with a comparison to the USA in mind. Consider how the war affected the unemployment rate, the GNP, and the gap between the rich and the poor. What is the significance of the Smith Act and the fact that FDR was elected for four consecutive terms--how strong was the federal government going into World War II?
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Does the fact that Canada returned to its former Prime Minister MacKenzie King in 1935 show that it is completely different from the United States in terms of coping with the Depression? While FDR did face some criticism the US kept him in office for four consecutive terms. Is Canada much more precarious politically? How effective, in your opinion, was King as Prime Minister the second time around?
Consider how FDR was criticized from both the right and the left when he instituted his New Deal policies in the United States. How did Canadians respond to their government's dealings with the economy? How did this vary by region or by social class?