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Street scene during the Winnipeg General Strike
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Street scene during the Winnipeg General Strike

In March 1919, western labour organizers, encouraged in part by the success of the Russian Revolution, met in Calgary at the Western Labour Conference. At this conference, western union representatives discussed the idea of a new militant industrial union  -  One Big Union  -  that would organize all workers in all industries into a single union that would be able to call general strikes to enforce workers' demands. Although the One Big Union played no direct part in the famous "confrontation at Winnipeg," the federal government feared that the Red Revolution was at hand. When labour's discontent culminated in violence in the streets of Winnipeg in the spring of 1919, the federal government did nothing short of panic.


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