On to Ottawa Trek
The Trek was disbanded, following the terms of the agreement the strikers negotiated earlier with the province. A federal inquiry
found that the tragic events of Dominion Day in 1935 were caused by revolutionaries, not instigated by the RCMP. The people of Canada threw out Bennett's conservatives in that year's
general election. The relief camps were shut down, and the seeds were sown for a new welfare system, including unemployment insurance.
Many trekkers, radicalized by the Depression, volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Others stayed in Canada to fight for progressive causes
such as union rights, unemployment insurance, social welfare and medicare, until the fight with the facists in Europe called them to war.
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