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What was the Winnipeg general strike?

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2007-06-16 15:04:15

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

non-existent.


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