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Globe and Mail Update - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 11:25 EST

A laid-off retail manager, a self-employed consultant, a young mother and a small businessman reflect on the recession as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers the budget

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R.B. BENNETT SEES THE LIGHT TOO LATE

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Richard Bedford Bennett became Canada's 11th prime minister in 1930; he also served as his own finance minister. He was a progressive thinker for the times, on the left end of the Conservative Party. But he didn't see the Depression coming, didn't recognize its magnitude until it had swamped Canada. He also had an unattractive personality.

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