Prohibitions in the 1920s

What is prohibition?

A prohibition is a sentence that states that one is forbidden to perform a specific action action.

Alcohol Prohibition

Some movements such as the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the United Farm Women of Alberta were created to ban alcohol in Canada. These women thought that alcohol usage for is wrong, and immoral. However women were not allowed to vote at all at the time. On top of that, the Canadian politicians did not support their cause because a lot of tax money came from the sale from alcohol. They did not want to risk tax money to be lost if the sales of alcohol were to be prohibited

Unfoutunately, as women were allowed to vote in 1918, and by the end of World War 1, alcohol was prohibited in Canada. (It can still be used for Medical, Industrial, Artistic, Scientific and Mechanical


Although alcohol was banned in Canada, there was still a lot alcohol use. Illegal drinking places were very popular but were in discreet in places. These illegal places were known as "Speakeasies" and "Blind Pigs". The distributors were the people responsible to illegally give alcohol to these drinking places and to other people by other means necessary. They were called "Bootleggers".

People with illnesses were permitted to have alcohol with a doctor's prescription. Unfortunately, these prescriptions were highly abused, as it was highly noticeable during Christmas holidays.

Sunday Laws

Sunday Laws were also a prohibition, but it was less effective than the alcohol prohibition, as it was only in one province instead of a nation and also because this prohibition took effect once a week.