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Employment and Social Security Act

Launched by Prime Minister R. B. Bennett in 1935, after he had exhausted traditional economic remedies such as tariffs to stimulate economic exports and relief camps to provide work and sustenance to unemployed men, the Employment and Social Security Act promised a minimum wage, federal regulation of working hours and conditions, unemployment insurance, health and accident insurance, and an enhanced old-age pension scheme, among other measures. However, as many of these measures infringed upon provincial authority as outlined by the British North America Act, they were declared unconstitutional and never put into practice.

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