How Did Ww1 Affect The Prairie Economy

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The drastic change in the prairie economy and mindset during the war from 1939 to 1945, created labour shortage among men, which in turn had more women in the work force taking over previous jobs that were held by men only. The war helped the prairie’s economy recover from the Depression. The federal government proclaimed the War Measures Act, dealt with conscription, and introduced other acts and programs such as the National Resources Mobilization Act and the National Selective Service program. The prairie and the rest of Canada seem to be in a cautious and fear mindset, which saw the religious group of the Jehovah’s witnesses banned from practicing their faith, and some political organizations were banned too. They arrested people that had spoken against the war. Canada was not hospitable to Jewish refugees during the war, their accommodation was in the same camps as the German prisoners of war brought from Europe. There was forcible relocation for some ethnic groups. The Japanese were removed from the Pacific coast and some Japanese family worked as labours for Albert’s sugar beet farms. Intolerance increased against conscientious objectors, which were forced to work in work camps in national parks. The war created new jobs and reduced unemployment in the prairie. Having the British Commonwealth Air Training …show more content…

By diversifying the crops definitely would have helped the prairie with or without the war or government. However, it seemed that government incentives lead the way. I am not a farmer or from the prairies, but I believe that Ottawa should not have given the Canadian Wheat Board the monopoly of selling wheat internationally. Perhaps it did help out at the time, but taking away free capitalism to me is not good. At the time, the war did created new jobs, but you do not need war to create jobs, at least that is what I believe. However, I do believe this war was necessary to stop the

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