Depression-era protest sparked by government indifference and police aggression
by Stephen LaRose
Few Canadians understand just how desperate conditions were in the Great Depression. Between 1929-39, Canada’s gross national product fell by 40 per cent. In 1933, unemployment was 28 per cent. By the spring of 1935, a generation of young men existed who despaired of ever getting a job. More than 170,000 were housed in 130 labour camps across the country where all that was offered was room and board and 20 cents an hour doing menial labour.
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