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Silver and Gold: Bennett and the Great Depression

New Brunswick Museum

The public sweeps Bennett and the Conservative Party to power in 1930, fully expecting him to deal with Canada's growing economic crisis. While in office, Bennett receives numerous gold and silver presentation pieces from a succession of admirers and officials in different world capitals. These shiny treasures contrast sharply with the hard times of the Great Depression and symbolize the disparity that angers many Canadians in their hours of need. Bennett's personal wealth serves as a ready target for the majority of Canadians, who exist in less fortunate circumstances.


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