Public Figure Profiles

R.B. Bennett

Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett, (July 3, 1870 – June 26, 1947), was a Canadian lawyer, businessman, philanthropist, and politician who served as the 11th prime minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935.

Bennett was born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick, and grew up nearby in Hopewell Cape. He studied law at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1893, and in 1897 moved to Calgary to establish a law firm in partnership with James Lougheed. Bennett became very rich due to the law practice, various investments, and taking on leadership roles in multiple organizations; he was one of the wealthiest Canadians during his time. On the political side, Bennett served in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1898 until 1905, when he briefly held the post as the inaugural leader of the Alberta Conservative Party. He later served in the Alberta Legislature from 1909 to 1911, resigning upon his election to the House of Commons. Bennett declined to run for reelection in 1917, but briefly served as minister of justice under Arthur Meighen in 1921. He returned to the Commons in 1925, and served briefly as minister of finance in Meighen's second government in 1926. Meighen resigned the Conservative Party's leadership after his defeat in the 1926 election, with Bennett elected as his replacement in 1927. Thus, Bennett became leader of the Opposition.

Bennett became prime minister after the 1930 election, where the Conservatives won a majority government over William Lyon Mackenzie King's Liberal Party. Bennett's premiership was marked primarily by the Great Depression. He and his party initially tried to combat the crisis with laissez-faire policies, but these were largely ineffective. He was also unsuccessful in establishing an imperial preference free trade agreement. Over time, Bennett's government became increasingly interventionist, attempting to replicate the popular "New Deal" enacted by Franklin Roosevelt in the United States. This about-face prompted a split within Conservative ranks, and was regarded by the general public as evidence of incompetence. Still, he left lasting legacies in the form of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Bank of Canada, and was regarded even by his political opponents as instrumental in mitigating the worst potential effects of the economic depression in Canada.

Bennett suffered a landslide defeat in the 1935 election, with King returning to power. Bennett remained leader of the Conservative Party until 1938, when he retired to England. He was created Viscount Bennett, the only Canadian prime minister to be honoured with elevation to the peerage. Bennett is ranked as a below-average prime minister among historians and the public.

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Some of their strengths

R.B. Bennett has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Imaginative, Intelligent, Intuitive, Creative, Compassionate, Caring, and Organized.

Intuitive and Imaginative

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, R.B. Bennett is someone who is a highly intuitive, creative and imaginative person who is very loyal, caring and compassionate to others. A person who looks for jobs that tend to reflect their identity.

Constant and Serious

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know R.B. Bennett well know them as someone who can be determined, unmoving, and firm, like a rock or a high mountain.

Productive and Perseverent

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe R.B. Bennett as someone who is productive, persevering, deliberate, and direct.

A person who is creative, has good luck with work and money, good listening skills, good relationships with people at work, is a good teacher or counselor, and who is good at organizing groups, teams, or causes.

Influential and Dynamic

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, R.B. Bennett is someone who tends to be focused on spreading ideas, information, and activities.

They are also someone who is reflective, mysterious, and purposeful, who enjoys quiet and solo work, and who thrives in positions where there is no need to report to someone else.

Traditional and Patient

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, R.B. Bennett tends to be someone who is a patient person that is very emotional, has a very sharp memory, has an ability to understand people, and who tends to be traditional and frugal.

Some of R.B. Bennett's challenges

While R.B. Bennett has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, R.B. Bennett can be Perfectionist, Emotional, Standoffish, Difficult, Hypocritical, Self-centered, and Possessive.

Emotional and Standoffish

One of R.B. Bennett's key challenges is that they are someone who can be emotional and standoffish.

Possessive and Stubborn

R.B. Bennett is someone who can be possessive, jealous, inflexible, and stubborn, can have a habit of being a frivolous spender, and who can feel insecure or cynical in romantic relationships and have difficulty forming productive personal and professional partnerships.

Sensitive and Money-oriented

Finally, R.B. Bennett also can have mood swings, be overly sensititive, and be a bit rigid and materialistic.

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