Woman’s Voices and the Criminal Law

Hate Propaganda

“I want to take you back to 1965 and the Report of the Special Committee on Hate Propaganda in Canada, chaired by Maxwell Cohen The problem of inciting hatred against particular groups was not a new one in the sixties in Canada, and there had been public concern about it both before and after World War II. It seemed to intensify in the early sixties, however, emanating from Toronto, where, for example, thousands of hate pamphlets were dropped from downtown buildings to young people waiting to see the Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens on 17 August 1965. It was fed by and large from sources in the United States, and spread to other provinces. For example, in May 1964, pamphlets were sent from the National White Americans Party to people in Dartmouth, Musquodobit Harbour and Halifax. This was an organization that promoted the return of “negroes” to Africa, the execution of Communist Jews, and the sterilization of all Jews. The Committee was of the view that while there was not a crisis, there was a serious problem, and that “men of goodwill should be repelled by these malicious and ignorant pretensions and that Canadian Jews, remembering the debasement of all Judaeo-Christian values by Nazi policy, should be especially sensitive to these abuses of freedom that a democratic society must possess and protect.””

Boyle, Christine “Woman’s Voices and the Criminal Law” Dalhousie Review, Volume 76, Number 1, 1996 https://dalspace.library.dal.ca/bitstream/handle/10222/63179/dalrev_vol76_iss1_pp55_72.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y