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"Legal Gentlemen Appointed by the Federal Government": the Canadian State, the Citizens' Committee of 1000, and Winnipeg's Seditious Conspiracy Trials of 1919-1920

Document type Article
Author Mitchell, Tom
Journal Labour / Le Travail
Volume 53
Date 2004 Spring
ISSN 0700-3862
Pages 9-46


The article reports that the federal government of Canada provided over 196,000 dollars for the prosecution of the leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike charged with conspiracy at the end of the strike. The federal government paid lobbyist Alfred J. Andrews and his associates in the Citizens' Committee fees for services rendered during the strike. They led the campaign against the working-class revolt in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian Department of Justice paid 12,332.00 dollars to the McDonald Detective Agency for work concerning the prosecution of leaders.