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Human Rights in Canada: An Historical Perspective

Advancing Human Rights In Québec

Québec City, Québec

1964 was a big year for "La Belle Province." Beatlemania rolls into the Montreal Forum, and two key human rights laws are passed.

Completing the trend that began in Manitoba in 1900, the Civil Code is amended to give married women full legal and property rights.
Fair employment legislation prohibits discrimination in hiring or employment against persons due to race, colour, creed, ethnicity, or national origin.
The new legislation is part of a shift towards greater protection of human rights across the country.

Déjà vu

A Human Rights Landmark: The Saskatchewan Bill of Rights

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono
On September 8, the Beatles play two shows at the Montreal Forum, but don't sell out the matinée. After death threats against Ringo during the shows, the Boys vow never to play in Montreal again, and they never do - at least as a group.

But in 1969, John Lennon will select Montreal as the site of his famous "bed in" for peace with Yoko Ono. They will record "Give Peace a Chance" in a suite at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

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S.Q. 1964, c. 66, s.1, replacing Article 177
S.Q. 1964 c. 46