he labour movement
made few gains between 1919 and 1945. Canada's poor economy meant
workers had little leverage to bargain with their employers, and
attempts to strike or march for recognition were often met with
physical force. It was during these dark years that a number of new
labour organizations laid their foundations, including the Workers'
Unity League, the Committee for Industrial Organizing, the Canadian
Labour Congress and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, and
provided the labour movement with new voices - voices that would
make themselves heard in the years following the war.