Monday, October 11, 2021

Global Challenges

One of the Canadian parties that rose up during the years of the Depression was the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation. It would have a lasting presence in Canadian politics, as it was later re-named the New Democratic Party, still a force in politics across the country today. 

On the other hand, a party left to the dustbin of history, the Christian National Socialist Party, a fascist party led by an unrepentant admirer of Hitler, Adrien Arcand, who should be burning in hell these days along with the guy he so admired.

A public radio service was established during the Depression. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), or Radio-Canada in French, is a legacy of the time enduring today, expanded to television and the internet.

The Second World War would break out, and Canada would commit itself to the cause in the fight against the Nazi regime and its allies.

One of the darker chapters of that war at home was the suspicions and internment of Japanese Canadians.

Decades later the federal government under Brian Mulroney would make formal amends.

Part of the war effort: the mobilization of industry to build for the war. Many of their workers had gone off to war, and women were on the factory floor.


  1. I can not imagine being an admirer of Hitler.
    Great exhibit. Enjoy your day, have a happy new week.

  2. I have vague memories of CCF and that also makes me think of Social Credit. I don't think they were the same thing, but I am not keen enough to know the answer that I am going to bother looking it up just now. :)

    1. CCF and Social Credit were polar opposites on the political spectrum, AC. ,

  3. @John: so do I.

    @Eileen: it's bizarre.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Anvilcloud: all part of the same alphabet soup.

    @David: you'll appreciate a coming artifact.

  4. ...the Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation has a nice ring to it.

  5. I listen to CBC radio every day!

  6. I get nervous every time some conservative talks about getting rid of the CBC.

  7. We share the shame of the Japanese internment. And, I agree with Nancy above about that horrible word.

  8. @Tom: it's a mouthful.

    @RedPat: a good thing to do.

    @Red: understandable.

    @Nancy: I agree.

    @Sharon: it's a vile word.

    @Jan: that they are.

  9. The Nazi sign at the end of the key was striking to see.

  10. I like seeing those war posters.

  11. Nunca los extremos han sido buenos y eso se ha visto en la historia de la humanidad.


  12. I really appreciate learning this Canadian history thank you so much William

  13. How did these posters survive so long? Amazing what people save.

  14. The old posters are interesting to see.

    All the best Jan

  15. I did not realize Japanese citizens were interred in Canada, too.

  16. Fascinating details. Good to have those old posters as an illustration of the times:)

  17. It is a shameful part of history. Such fear of other peoples.
    So grateful for Tommy!

  18. Fascinating posters and great historical exhibit ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Well yes there are those that admired Hitler, and they were Germans, It all depends on where a person is born. Wars are never good, but it's interesting and important to learn about it all, which I know my schooling did a lot of it. I enjoy learning about Canada and thank you for sharing things!

  20. do u ever wonder why they go and fancy up those ads ... like it was perfect for those days ... why not now? some times the more simple is just right??! ( ;

  21. @Bill: and a reminder of an ugly side of history.

    @Michelle: they're well done.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Gemel: yes it is.

    @Jan: I think so too.

  22. @Joanne: it was true.

    @Rosie: it certainly is.

    @Jennifer: Tommy left his mark.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Karen: you're welcome.

    @Beth: perhaps.