Prohibition

- Alcohol blamed for many social problems (Crime, public drunkenness, family violence, poverty)

 

- The temperance movement called on people to abstain from drinking alcohol

 

- Gained ground in North America

 

- Believed that many families could live better if money not spent on alcohol

 

- Nellie McClung and Louise McKinney of Famous Five were members of the movement

 

- Before and during WW1 the movement banned alcohol in several provinces including Ontario

 

- Under the War Measures Act, the federal government enacted Prohibition

 

Prohibition: laws against making and selling intoxicating liquor

 

- Not all Canadians liked prohibition, lead to illegal trade in alcohol

 

-  Government lost incomes from alcohol taxes

 

- Prohibition repealed in 1921

 

- When prohibition was still in parts of the USA, Canada was able to benefit by selling alcohol to Americans

 

- Every year Rum Runners transported 45 million litres of liquor into the US every year  (Rocco Perri and Emilio Picariello were famous for rum running)