What was the Winnipeg general strike?
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was one of the most
influential strikes in Canadian history. It resulted in much
improved working conditions for millions of Canadians.J.S.
Woodsworth, a strike leader who was briefly imprisoned, would go on
to found Canada's first socialist political party, the
Co-operativeCommonwelth Federation, which was he forerunner of the
New Democratic Party. After World War I many Canadian soldiers
returned home to find few opportunities, all the while companies
had enjoyed enormous profits on war contracts. Wages and working
conditions were dismal and labour regulations were mostly