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Memorable Manitobans: J. A. Martin (?-?)

Veterans’ leader.

A returned soldier, he became involved in the Winnipeg General Strike. At a rally at Victoria Park on 12 June 1919 he warned strikers to “beware of camouflage and buncombe.” His response to threats to evict workers behind with their rent was, “Well, they can’t throw us all out.” At a rally on 20 June, he referred to the proposed Saturday parade as “the only weapon we have left.” He was part of the soldier-striker party that met with the mayor on the morning of 21 June but refused to call off the parade. He was charged by the government with seditious utterances but the grand jury refused to indict.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 November 2016

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