This Day in Jewish History Canada's Jews Get Civil Rights

The Emancipation Act was, in part, a response to Ezekiel Hart, a Jewish politician elected to the government - who was twice denied the right to serve.

On June 5, 1832, the legislature of Lower Canada enacted the Emancipation Act, which extended full and equal civil rights to the province’s Jews. (Lower Canada refers to the British colony that constituted the southern third of the modern province of Quebec, which in 1841 was joined with Upper Canada – parts of Ontario -- to create the Province of Canada.)