Canadian history human rights

Topics: Human rights, Judaism, Antisemitism Pages: 3 (875 words) Published: April 29, 2014
Modern day Canadians have become accustomed to fairness, equality and a set of human rights for everyone. Today, we live in a cultural mosaic nation that allows us to live as human beings without worrying that our race, gender or skin color is inferior to that of somebody else’s. This was not the case for Canada in the past and more specifically in the 1920’s and 1930’s. I believe that this time period was not a time period of progress for human rights in Canada. In fact, in the 1920’s and 1930’s, only a few races were allowed to live their lives free of racism and discrimination. Other races including the Jews, Aboriginals and Asians were heavily discriminated against and had to face extreme hardships to attain something as simple as their basic human rights. Anti-Semitism or extreme prejudice against Jews and people of Jewish descent was prevalent in the 1920’s and 30’s. Everyone including organizations like the Social Credit Party, the Orange Order, the KKK and the Native Sons of Canada were rife with anti-Jewish attitudes. It was very problematic for Jews to find job and even certified, well-educated Jews were lucky if they had one. Educational institutions such as universities would often disregard Jewish people’s applications, they were not allowed to participate in anything related to the government and politics and they were defamed in Canadian society. In addition, there were restrictive covenants on properties (thecanadianencyclopedia) that didn’t allow Jews to purchase property which meant that thousands of Jewish people had little to no shelter. Finally, Prime Minister King himself stated that, “Jewish immigration would pollute Canada’s bloodstream,” and he even ordered his government to ensure that Jews would not be allowed in Canada during the late 20’s. As you can see, the Jews were certainly victimized during the 20’s and 30’s and they were not given their basic human rights. Another group that was discriminated against, even worse stripped...
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