Rights Associations: First Generation

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Association for Civil Liberties

By the 1950s, most of the rights associations that had arisen during the 1930s and 1940s were largely inactive or defunct. The Vancouver...

Canadian Civil Liberties Union

The Canadian Civil Liberties Union (CCLU) was the product of Quebec’s Padlock Act , or the Act to Protect the Province Against C...

Canadian Labour Defense League

Also known as National Council on Democratic Rights. For a full history of the CLDL, see: Lambertson, Ross. Repression and Resistance: ...

Civil Liberties Association of Toronto

The Toronto branch of the Canadian Civil Liberties Union was renamed the Civil Liberties Association of Toronto (CLAT) in 1940 and...

Civil Liberties Association of Winnipeg

The Civil Liberties Association of Winnipeg (CLAW) arose at the onset of the Second World War to protest the suspension of fundamental...

Civil Rights Union

Formed in 1946, the Emergency Committee for Civil Rights (ECCR) was led by a splinter group of communists who were frustrated at the...

League for Democratic Rights

The League for Democratic Rights (LDR), a merger of the Civil Rights Union , the newly created Montreal Civil Liberties Union, and...

Montreal Civil Liberties Union

With the demise of the communist-led Montreal Canadian Civil Liberties Union during the Second World War , an opening existed for the...

Ottawa Civil Liberties Association

The Ottawa Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) emerged in reaction to the espionage commission of 1946. Wilfrid Eggleston was elected...