A Brief History On June 21, 1919, the reactionary establishment of the city of Winnipeg, the province of Manitoba, and the federal government of Canada overreacted to a peaceful labor strike and attacked striking workers (largely war veterans) with the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. Digging Deeper While World War I raged, many Canadian young men left their families and jobs and went to fight in the war. Upon their return, they found businesses had profited immensely from the war, and a flood of immigrants had taken their jobs. Compounding the problem was the “Spanish” Influenza epidemic that made huge portions…
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