Black Canadian soldier’s life and D-Day exploits remembered Lester Brown, a black Canadian veteran who fought in D-Day kept nightmares from the war from his family. They pressed him to open up and he did.
The Canadian War Museum - A Chronology of Canadian Military History. Canadas dispatched strong military forces to Britain as soon as possible.
In this picture the front page of the reputable newspaper, The Toronto Telegram, announces the stock market crash, which would lead to the Great Depression. Many Canadians' savings were wiped out almost overnight.
With violent rise, Hitler came to power in 1933 and established a ruthless dictatorship. He offered Germans to build an Aryan Empire & encouraged anti-Semitism. Canadians didn’t know then, that they are in for another war.
Japanese Internment Camps: During the war the government was hostile towards Japanese Canadians they were afraid that the Japanese Canadians would offer their allegiance to Japan. So they forced them out of their homes and into these internment camps.
People thought that R.B. Bennett, PM of Canada 1930-1935 was a great man. His government spend $20 mill. to help unemployed in 1930, passed laws to grant aid to the Provinces, raised tariffs on imports. But he wasn't able to solve the problems of the Depression.
This French poster called Canadian women to help the war effort. At the home front, women were given much larger roles in the workforce. Propaganda posters encouraged people to avoid unnecessary spending, to conserve food, fuel and other essentials, and to save and recycle things like bones, metal and paper. Library and Archives Canada / C-087533La ménagère en guerre/http://recherche-search.gc.ca/rGs/s_r?st=s&s5bm3ts21rch=x&num=10&st1rt=0&langs=eng&cdn=canada&q=WWII+home+front+in+Photographs
Before the war young girls worked for a few years, then left their jobs when they got married. When men went to war, women were left to build the ships, planes and weapons needed to fight the war. During the war, 57% of those employed outside the military were women. First Lancaster Bomber In August 1943 aircraft workers at Malton, Ontario. Named the Ruhr Express, the bomber served with 419 Squadron before being shot down in January 1945 (City of Toronto Archives /SC266/86576).
PM Mackenzie King made large movements for Canadian Independence, lead Canada through second part of depression, during WWII, established U.S./Canadian relations, established social and labour support systems. Many of King's accomplishments had long lasting effects like old age pension (1927), unemployment insurance (1940), family allowance (1944), the victory of Allies in WWII.
By the women's vote movement was gaining momentum, but Canada still lagged behind countries such as Australia, New Zealand and parts of the United States where women had already earned the vote. (Courtesy of the National Archives of Canada)