Title: Winnipeg General Sympathetic Strike May–June 1919 (variant title History of the Winnipeg Strike), excerpt, p.4-5
Author: Workers' Defence Committee (Winnipeg, Man.)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG10 A14-2, Robert Boyd Russell 61, Winnipeg General Sympathetic Strike May–June 1919
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The idea of a conspiracy is preposterous. The contention
of the Crown that these activities were part of an attempt
to set up a soviet and to bring about a revolution, is a pre-
text by which they hope to railroad active leaders of the
working class to jail, and an excuse for them to carry on an
active propaganda against "Reds," "Revolutionists," "Left
Wingers," "Radicals," "Progressives," or whatever they
may be called. "Bolshevists" is, of course, the most telling
expression from their standpoint.
If they are successful in this endeavor it is quite clear
that the Government will pass legislation or, more orders-
in-council, suppressing every organization, and imprisoning
every person who in any way seeks to better the general
condition of the workers.
That is no mere suspicion on our part is proven by
fact that, while the strike was in progress, the Immi-
gration Act was re-introduced into the Federal Parliament.
It had already been amended and signed by the Governor-
General, not more than a couple of days previously. When
re-introduced it was re-amended purposely to destroy the
right of trial by jury for all British born citizens, and also
make is possible to deport the strike leaders without legal
trial. This act was re-introduced into the Ottawa Parlia-

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