This Day in Jewish History 1832: 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.

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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...