Michael Dupuis is a retired history teacher, independent scholar and Victoria-based author. He specializes in writing about Canadian journalists and their coverage of historic events. He is currently working on a book about the press coverage of the Winnipeg General Strike.
Between 1929 and 1935, the Great Depression triggered Canada’s descent into what remains the worst economic downturn in the country’s history. By 1935, the number of jobless had topped one million. On June 3, 1935, over 1,200 unemployed and single men from British Columbia relief camps left Vancouver to “ride the rail” to Ottawa and deliver demands for work and wages to the Conservative government of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett.