History 2201E Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Pipeline Transport, Marshall Plan, Germaine Greer

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Lecture 17 Part 2 Post-War Economics
Post-War Economics
GDP increased from $5.7 billion in 1939 to $30+ billion in 1958
The Marshall Plan runs from 1942-1952 to rebuild Europe, goods coming
from US and Canada
o Goods, money, etc.
Immigration greatly increased, especially between 1951-1961
People coming from Germany and Russia very common, especially Jewish
people
Development of the Trans Canada Highway, oil pipelines and the St.
Lawrence Seaway Locks
1950s: US worried about the extent of their resources, starting to look to
Canada
o Cold War also a problem
o Canada could provide all that they needed: coal, oil, uranium, etc.
Walter Gordon: questioned how much Americans should have invested in
Canada
o American financial control could lead to American political control
o Americans had penetrated all aspects of the Canadian economy
o Canada strayed too far from its British roots and become too friendly
with America
John George Diefenbaker
o Ran election campaign on domestic reform and issues
E.g. Edmonton oil pipeline
Culture
o Anti-American sentiments rising in culture
o Strengthening of the CBC, creation of the National Film Board lead by
Vincent Massey
o Development of a teen culture: rock and roll, etc.
Influenced by American teen culture
Women’s Rights
o 1967: Government appoints Royal Commission to look into the status
of women
Beginning of the feminist movement
E.g. Gloria Steinem, Kate Millett, Germaine Greer
o Women held less than 1% of decision making positions in businesses
and government
o Pushed for shelters for battered women, rape crisis centers, birth
control, etc.

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Gdp increased from . 7 billion in 1939 to + billion in 1958. The marshall plan runs from 1942-1952 to rebuild europe, goods coming from us and canada: goods, money, etc. People coming from germany and russia very common, especially jewish people. Development of the trans canada highway, oil pipelines and the st. 1950s: us worried about the extent of their resources, starting to look to. Canada: cold war also a problem, canada could provide all that they needed: coal, oil, uranium, etc. Walter gordon: questioned how much americans should have invested in. Canada: american financial control could lead to american political control, americans had penetrated all aspects of the canadian economy, canada strayed too far from its british roots and become too friendly with america. John george diefenbaker: ran election campaign on domestic reform and issues. Culture: anti-american sentiments rising in culture, strengthening of the cbc, creation of the national film board lead by.