Prime Minister
at that time Mackenzie King believed it was the responsibility of all the
provinces to help their people. While this was fair to say, all provinces were
suffering with low income and financial issues. Natural disasters like dust
bowls had a tremendous impact on the provinces, however natural disasters
became worst when they mixed with financial problems. A majority of western
provinces were devastated by the disasters. A Canadian Province such as Alberta
was hurt by the disasters. Alberta primarily made money off of importing and
exporting crops such as wheat, and when dust bowls had plagued the fields, the
crops were stripped of nutrients and eventually died off. This in return,
eventually resulted in multiple farmers going bankrupt and having to fire
workers adding to the unemployed people in Canada. Alberta could not have
handled this issue of natural disasters alone, which meant they could not
manage to help their people, instead making their people job-less. The natural
disasters forced farmers to go into positions they have never seen before, and
were unable to combat the dust bowls. If the government were to help or respond
to the farmers in need, they would not be in the area they were in. In
addition, a province like Saskatchewan suffered from the weather and dust bowls.
The weather in Saskatchewan during the depression was hot and arid which
resulted in multiple droughts. Prior to the 1930s, fields were suitable for
planting and well hydrated. This would change as the decade would. In 1929,
fields that were once fertile, became dry. There would also be dust bowls that
brought heaps of grass hopers. Although one may think grass hopers could not
have done too much to the crops, they did. Grasshoppers plagued the fields of
crops, and feasted on the plants. This added to farmers going bankrupt due to
not having crops at all to trade. The lack of government response made this
worst as over time farmers would either have to relocate, go homeless or
starve. On the other hand, Fisher men jobs would go on the decline. During the
roaring 20s, fishermen was a major and popular job that paid well. After the
depression hit, the demand for fish declined and fish did not make the same
amount of money as it used to make a decade prior. This could also be perceived
as a reason for companies to cut more workers, as they did. Unemployed people
were left abandoned from the job they once strived of. The prices for fish
going down could not have been planned for and industries had to scramble their
plans. The government did not respond to this which made things difficult in
provinces like British Columbia, a province well known for fishing. The
provinces thus struggled and could not have help their own people who were struggling.