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-operative Commonwelth 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.