William Lyon Mackenzie King During The Outbreak Of The Great Depression

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William Lyon Mackenzie King was the Prime Minister during the outbreak of the Great Depression in 1929. At the time, King believed in the principles of laissez-faire. King also believed the amount of intervention federal government should be kept minimal. King believed a balanced budget and little government interference were the answers to this catastrophe. However, King did not think there was really an issue presented. He even questioned the existence of the Depression. This is important because from 1930 to 1935, little action was taken due to the denial of the presence of a national crisis and the enforcement of laissez-faire. Without the support of the government, the Canadians struggled to live through an economic crisis. However, as
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