Grabbing was simply the employed fighting for better work


Grabbing top spot in Canada’s most infamous strike’s, this Winnipeg wreck falls nowhere short in displaying its significance. The dates between May 15th to June 25th, 1919 were revolutionary as thousands stepped away from their declining lives and fought for minimum wage, unemployment, and the creation of One Big Union (Nolan Reilly, 2006). As feasible, the government ordered police officials towards crowd control as they were afraid of the strike blowing out of proportion and plausibly becoming a communist revolution. This, of course, rendered the police to use any means in their grasp of containing this outbreak in society and thus leading by violence. It is apparent that the government of 1919 were afraid of such an uprising when communist leaders such as Russia were boasting throughout the Depression while civilians suffered greatly. Justifiably, the government assumed this threat was threatening something far bigger, and through their vision of fear, were not able to rationally see the matter at hand which was simply the employed fighting for better work conditions. Disregarding what the government believed was about to happen, it was unlikely that they did not already see such a breakthrough coming, and if they did, then there simply was not enough context in the situation to decide whether these protestors would revolt into the sinister step of communism. With equal reason, in no sense is it justifiable to charge into a large crowd with horses, injuring several and killing some. Regardless of that fact, neither was it pacific for protestors to overturn a street car. Both these events displayed little to zero control, and without being part of this time, it is difficult to say without bias which event incited the other. With good reason, these civilians thought this strike to be the only effective tool in their grasp to conquer their declining living conditions, and have the government hear their voice in unity of action.