The Rise of the CBC
• American radio stations had bombarded
Canadian air ways with their ideas and culture
during the early thirties.
• Many people had called for the creation of a
distinctly Canadian radio station.
• The government created a public broadcasting
station originally called the Canadian Radio
Broadcasting Commission (CRBC).
• July 01st, 1927 –
first national CBC radio broadcast
commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of
Confederation (“Canada Day”)
The Rise of the CBC (Continued)
• In 1936 the name was changed to the CBC and
it became responsible for all of Canada’s
public broadcasting innovation.
• The CBC was, and always has been, publicly
funded by the government.
• Question: Should the Canadian people
support a public broadcasting corporation?
New Political Parties
• Until the depression Canadian politics was really a 2
horse race between the Liberals and the
• With the on-set of the depression, people demanded
that political leaders take action immediately. When
they failed to help the people hit hardest from the
depression they looked to newer parties.
• The CCF and the Social Credit party would gain
popularity in the 30s.
The Social Credit Party
• Formed in 1935 under leader J.H. Blackmore and dissolved in
• Was a federal party which spawned out of Alberta where it
was also a provincial party.
• They wanted to create a credit system to keep the economy
going. Under this system people go into debt, the government
goes into debt and business lower their prices.
• When the economy recovers the country eases back out of
• The Social Credit Party still exists in BC and Alberta today.
• Formed in 1932 under J.S. Woodsworth
and dissolved in 1961.
• The party wanted to end the Great
Depression by working cooperatively.
• It achieved success in the prairies. For this
reason it is seen as a regional party.
• The CCF wanted universal pensions,
universal health care, unemployment
insurance and workers compensation.
• It was proceeded by the NDP after its
The Face of Totalitarianism
• We have seen calls for Communism around Canada
while we’ve looked at the depression.
• Because of how serious the political problems in
Europe were after WWI, the Great Depression
causes huge problems which allow for the creation
• Totalitarianism : An undemocratic system in which
the government demands complete obedience from
its citizens and runs all aspects of the country.
Fascist Totalitarian Regimes
• In Russia Joseph Stalin took over the Communist party
in the 1920s and ruthlessly created a agricultural
system which would fail the people.
• In 1922 Italy was turned to the leadership of Benito
Mussolini who created a fascist government where he
used military power to defeat democracy.
• In 1923 Adolph Hitler began gathering support for his
own Nazi party which would take control of Germany
in 1933 at the height of the depression.
• 1. How might totalitarianism help against a
depression? What does it do differently?
• 2. Do you think a communist totalitarian
regime might have helped Canada? Explain.
• In groups of three, you will complete a mind
map of words (emotions, terms, etc.) related
to the Great Depression
• As a triad you will write a cinquain poem
based on a mutually-agreed upon topic
• But Mr. Bakker, we don’t know how to write a
– Neither does Mr. Bakker!!
Cinquains for Dummies
A cinquain is a five-line poem that describes a
person, place, or thing.
Line # Syllables Example
cold, creamy ?
eating, giggling, licking ?
cone with three scoops ?
ice cream ?
a one-word title, a noun
three -ing participles
a synonym for your title,