Winnipeg General Strike left a legacy of bitterness and
controversy, and sympathetic strikes broke out across the
country, but were soon quashed.
Nellie McClung, who visited Winnipeg during the action, sympathized with the plight of the workers and the
reforms that they sought to achieve, but she disagreed with
using such radical means to achieve them. Some of the
organizers of the strike were people that she had worked
with during her campaigns for reforms in the province of
Manitoba, and she found that she disagreed with the radical
philosophies that they had developed. However, she was
saddened by the harsh measures used to end the strike.
Unfortunately, the increasing militancy of the unions
deepened the rift between the Anglo-Saxon middle-class, and
Eastern European immigrants, and reinforced the cultural
elite's perception of them as "undesirable" immigrants.