Winnipeg’s General Strike


An exploration of the impact the media had on the most influential strike in Canadian history.

A strike gripped Winnipeg from May 15 to June 26, 1919. Some twenty-five thousand workers walked out, demanding better wages and union recognition. Red-fearing opponents insisted labour radicals were attempting to usurp constitutional authority and replace it with Bolshevism. Newspapers like the Manitoba Free Press claimed themselves political victims and warned of Soviet infiltration. Supporters of the general sympathetic strike like the Toronto Daily Star maintained that strikers were not Reds; they were workers fighting for their fair rights. What was really happening in Winnipeg? In an information age dominated by newspapers and magazines, the public turned to reporters and editors for answers.


From the fears of Bolshevism to the fight for workers' rights, Dupuis' book gets to know the journalists behind the stories of the strike, and explores the conspiracy theories emerged through the media at the time.

CBC Manitoba

About the Author

Michael Dupuis

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Michael Dupuis

Michael Dupuis is a retired history teacher and writer. His writing concentrates on the role of journalists in historical events, including the Winnipeg General Strike, the Titanic disaster, the Halifax Explosion, the On to Ottawa Trek and the Regina Riot.