Winnipeg was just one of 33 Canadian cities and towns to experience general strikes in 1919. So why no general strike in Ottawa? Ottawa came close. Four major attempts were made to convince the local labour movement but no general strike occurred.
Guest speaker Brian McDougall, Peoples’ History Walking Tours, and Adjunct Professor Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University, will take you back to the turbulent post-war era of extreme labour unrest. He will explore the defeat of the radicals and the implications of that moment in our city’s history for our understanding of the underlying social tensions of 1919 in Ottawa.