The Interwar Years. On To Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot. Canada in the Depression. In Alberta, C.H. Douglas proposed “social credit.” According to him, the problem with the economy is consumers didn’t have enough buying power.
On To Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot
Unfortunately these programs did little to help with unemployment
Bennett also set up high tariffs to protect Canadian Industries. He thought other countries would lower their tariffs because they would need Canada’s resources.
The protest was stopped in Regina by RCMP.
300+ RCMP were dressed in riot gear and were concealed in large, moving vans. Another 50 were nearby on horses.
Using baseball bats, clubs, and tear gas, the RCMP fought the crowd for more than three hours.
Dozens of “trekkers” were injured and one officer was beaten to death.
The Trekkers returned to the West Coast with no solution except a small pay increase.
As a result, people began to turn against Bennett in favour of Mackenzie King, who defeated Bennett in the October 1935 federal election.
Inference / Conclusion