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1948.20
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Bowl
1930, 20th century
Silver
Bequest of the Right Honourable Richard Bedford, Viscount Bennett
1948.20
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum

Keys to History:

In the 1930s, as the Canadian economy sank lower into the Depression, any solution seemed unimaginable. The idea of government spending its way out of the Depression was considered outrageous. While a voice in the United States, that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), began to speak of such a revolutionary plan, , Prime Minister Bennett (1870-1947) chose a more traditional approach to solving the country's economic woes in the early years of his mandate. In 1930 and 1931,his government raised tariffs as a way of keeping out foreign goods and stimulating Canadian industry. But instead of making Canadian goods more attractive, the tariffs spurred a worldwide trend toward protectionism.

While unemployment figures moved upward and breadlines formed, Bennett's reputation and position as Prime Minister gained him a great deal of fame and respect. Beginning in 1930, when he assumed office, a succession of admirers and friends showered him with honours and fine gold and silver gifts befitting his office.

What:

Part of the inscription on this bowl reads "to Our Chief . . . by his supporters in the House of Commons."

Where:

This bowl was made in Sheffield, England, a centre for expert metalworkers.

When:

The bowl is dated 1927-1928.

Who:

The names of Bennett's Conservative Party colleagues are inscribed on the bowl.

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