Labor Temple exhibit pulled from Canadian museum

Wpg general strike - street car overturnedThe Labor Temple, an exhibit that depicted the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, has been removed from the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.

“The museum is clearly sensitive to suggestions of political interference and rejected any notion that the disappearance of the Labour Temple is connected to how the Conservatives feel about organized labour,” the Toronto Star on May 22, 2015. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/05/22/museum-of-history-to-dismantle-winnipeg-general-strike-exhibit.html .

The national facility was called the Museum of Civilization, but the Conservative governent changed the name riling critics who accused the Tories of “using the Crown Corporation to rewrite history in its image,” the Star noted.

The Canadian Labour Congress has expressed concern as has the New Democratic Party. However, a museum spoksperson has said labour history, including the 1919 strike, will be included in a future installation.

The museum needs to act fast on that promise. The 100th anniversary of the strike, said to be the largest in North American history, is coming up in four years. For a brief history of the 40-day strike: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/winnipeg-general-strike/ .