Strikers outside the WAG, 1971. Winnipeg Art Gallery.

While the event is a resounding success, with well over 6,000 people touring the building over two inaugural days, a building trades strike had halted work on the Gallery since mid-July. While striking workers did not prevent the Gallery from opening, the planned exhibition of major loaned works of art from around the world is cancelled. To hear more about the situation from John Bulman, President of the Board (1971-1974), who negotiated with the union, click the link below.

"Although about 20 striking electricians and CJAY television technicians were amoung the 100 or so people gathered for the Royal couple's arrival, there were no untoward incidents. There was a round of applause for Princess Maraget — wearing a knee-length orange coat, matching feathered hat, black gloves and purse and diamond and ruby earings — and Lord Snowdon stepped from the limousine with Lieutenant-Governor and Mrs. W. John McKeag and Attorney-General Al Mackling. Lord Snowdon was wearing a grey-green suit, cream shirt and green tie" — September 24, 1971, Winnipeg Free Press