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Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec


Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec


Canada, history, Quebec, religion, Jehovah's Witnesses


This collection focuses on the experiences of Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec under Premier Duplessis.


Julia Cross


TRN 304Y, Law and Social Issues, 2016-2017
Trinity College in the University of Toronto
University of Toronto


1950 - 1969


Ed. Dr. Theresa Miedema





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This three part documentary explores the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec under Premier Duplessis.

This program features an interview of Frank Roncarelli who challenged Quebec Premier Duplessis's revocation of his liquor licence. Duplessis cancelled Roncarelli's licence after Roncarelli continued to post bail for Jehovah's Witnesses who had been…

"A Bill of Rights for Quebec"
This is a newspaper article published in the Globe and Mail. The article reports on Roncarelli's successful lawsuit against Premier Duplessis.

Order in Council published in Canada Gazette declaring Jehovah's Witnesses to be an illegal organization
This document is the front page of the Canada Gazette from July 4, 1940. It publishes an Order in Council declaring Jehovah's Witnesses to be an illegal organization.

War Measures Act (Canada), as. am.
The War Measures Act gives the government the authority to take extensive measures to protect Canada, including measures that violate civil and human rights.
In 1940, The Jehovah’s Witnesses as a religion and organization was banned and made…

Quebec’s Burning Hate for God and Christ and Freedom Is the Shame of All Canada
This is the first page of a tract distributed by Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec. Premier Duplessis had members of the Jehovah's Witnesses arrested for handing out these tracts in the name of "public order".

Maurice Duplessis s'adressant à la foule lors de la campagne électorale de 1952.
Photograph of Maurice Duplessis during the 1952 Quebec provincial electoral campaign.

Saumur v. City of Quebec
This is a link to a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada. Laurier Samur, a practicing Jehovah’s Witness challenged a City of Quebec by-law that forbade
the distribution in the street of the City of any book, pamphlet, booklet, circular,…

Chaput v. Romain, [1955] SCR 834
This is a hyperlink to a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Chaput v. Romain (1955) case. The case involved members of the provincial police who broke up a meeting that was conducted by a minister of the
Jehovah’s Witnesses in the…

Roncarelli v. Duplessis, [1959] S.C.R. 121
This is the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Roncarelli v. Duplessis (1959). Roncarelli had provoked the ire of Premier Duplessis by posting bail for members of the Jehovah's Witnesses who had been arrested for distributing pamphlets. Duplessis…

Lamb v. Benoit et al., [1959] S.C.R. 321
This is a hyperlink to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Lamb v. Benoit (1959). Louise Lamb was arrested in 1946 while distributing pamphlets on the street in Quebec. Police believed she was distributing the pamphlet “Quebec’s Burning…

The Canadian Bill of Rights
This document is an illustrated text of the Canadian Bill of Rights, which preceded the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Canadian Bill of Rights committed the federal government "the recognition and protection of human rights and…
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