Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Prohibition in Canada

The prohibition was the law to make it illegal to have possession and sell alcohol. This law was made because the wheat used to make alcohol could be used for food, and the money that was spent on alcohol could be used to pay for food. The first province to pass this law was Prince Edward Island in 1901. By 1919 most of the provinces joined this bandwagon and had outlawed alcohol. These laws didn't last very long in most provinces. Quebec was the first to repeal the law in the same year it was established, which was 1919. Most provinces repealed the law by 1922, because of a lot of pressure from the populace.  Many Canadians made a fortune smuggling alcohol into the united states, due to the law being there until 1933.


  1. John, you have provided a great overview of prohibition. What are your thoughts about prohibition? Are there any modern-day comparisons you could make?

  2. I think that this was a good idea for the time period considering people did not have a lot of money to spend. What do you think would happen if we had a prohibition in society today.

  3. What do you think would happen if the law wasn't passed? What do you think would happen if the provinces didn't repeal the law, would it still exsist today?