age and price controls angered the labour movement. Workers felt unfairly targeted, especially because price controls were weak. Anger and frustration grew when provincial governments, including three New Democratic Party (NDP) administrations, passed similar legislation. While the Canadian Labour Congress's (CLC) leadership debated tactics to protest the situation, pressure grew in the labour movement to call a national strike. Consequently, on October 14, 1976, the CLC marked the first anniversary of the wage and price controls legislation with a national Day of Protest. Estimates indicate that over a million workers joined in demonstrations across the country. Union leaders used the event as leverage in negotiations to curtail the impact of the legislation with governments. But for the most part governments appeared increasingly unreceptive to labour and its concerns.

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