Unemployed March: 0050.0642

THE UNEMPLOYED [editorial]. –

            Cranbrook experienced its first “march of the unemployed” this week, a fact which, while disturbing to some extent, was nevertheless expected.  The handling of a situation of this kind requires the skill of a real diplomat.  Ninety-five per cent of the men do not belong to the city, but have drifted in from points in the district and province.  Few of them can speak the English language and most of them are married men with families living on Continental Europe.  It does not necessarily follow that because they paraded to the city hall and government buildings they are destitute.  It is said that some of them own cars and have bank accounts.  If this is true then the authorities should weed this element out and compel them to live on their own resources.  There are, however, many deserving cases that must be taken care of.  In a country like this, with bulging grain elevators, no person should go hungry, but everyone should be compelled to work.  Canada has no use for the dole system, which is today eating the very heart out of Britain.  Common decency, however, demands that we provide for those not able to care for themselves.  The poor, the crippled and the infirm are a charge on the public that we cannot shirk.

0050.0642: Unemployed March

Cranbrook experienced its first "march of the unemployed", although 95 per cent of the men are not from Cranbrook and some are known to have cars and bank accounts.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  November 27, 1930
Pages:  2
Publisher:  Cranbrook Courier
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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