Prohibition – Prince Edward Island

c0f20001-e566-4ebf-9c88-f1a5ae278291For those who don`t know, Prince Edward Island is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, have two urban areas, and was named for Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767–1820), the fourth son of King George III and the father of Queen Victoria.
In early ages the Mi’kmaq (~the people~ the 3rd group to live on Island), had very little tolerance for alcohol. The women were often the strong ones, trying to keep men away from alcohol, but there were some cases where women visited the French ships secretly to get alcohol from the sailors.
By the late 1800s Islanders were drinking a lot and the alcoholism was a big problem. As alcohol consumption got worse, the temperance movement grew more popular. A recent federal law allowed individual communities to have referendums on going “dry”, and a couple on the Island did.
In 1900 they succeeded but the regulations were pretty loose and there was a lot of bribery. It was very easy to prosecute someone on suspicion of buying, even if you had no witnesses or firm proof of their drunkenness.
All the politicians paid lip-service to prohibition but many were hypocrites who drank in private. The law stayed in effect for decades though, and this was the beginning of backwoods stills, bootleggers and rumrunners.
In 1920 British Columbia voted “wet,” and by the following year some alcoholic beverages were legally sold there and in the Yukon through government stores.

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