The War Measures Act in Canada - The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History

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The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History


The War Measures Act in Canada

Patrice Dutil discusses the uses of the War Measures Act in twentieth century Canada with Xavier Gelinas, the curator of political history at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau and the co-author of Lost Liberties: The War Measures Act, published by the Canadian Museum of History. The discussion examines the origins of this legislation and its application during the First World War, the Second World War and during the October Crisis of 1970. The motivations of the various governments are examined as are the chief victims of the WMA: relatively new immigrants, Japanese Canadians during 1942-45 and dissidents.  The WMA is also considered for what it reveals about Canadian political culture. Finally, the difficulties in rendering judgment are explored. This podcast was produced by Jessica Schmidt.

La Loi des mesures de guerre au Canada

Patrice Dutil discute des usages de la Loi sur les mesures de guerre au XXe siècle au Canada avec Xavier Gélinas, conservateur de l'histoire politique au Musée canadien de l'histoire à Gatineau et coauteur de Libertés sacrifiées. La loi des mesures de guerre, publié par le Musée canadien de l'Histoire. La discussion examine les origines de cette législation et son application pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, la Seconde Guerre mondiale et pendant la crise d'Octobre 1970. Les motivations des différents gouvernements sont scrutées ainsi que les principales victimes de la LMG : les immigrants relativement nouveaux-venus, les Canadiens d'origine japonaise de 1942 à 1945 et quelques dissidents. La LMG est également considérée pour ce qu'elle révèle de la culture politique canadienne. Enfin, les difficultés à rendre un jugement sont explorées. Ce podcast a été produit par Jessica Schmidt.



The Champlain Society Podcast on Canadian History

Witness to Yesterday is a new series of podcasts aimed at furthering the Champlain Society's mission of deepening awareness of Canada’s documentary past and of the people who created it. The following are available FREE on the Champlain Society website at , Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher and GooglePlay .

Witness to Yesterday –


The War Measures Act in Canada -

La Loi des mesures de guerre au Canada-

The Psychedelic world of Hollywood Hospital -

Mackenzie King and the Three Amigos -

The Canada-US Border: A History of a Fluid and Unstable Boundary -
The Iconic Massey Hall in Toronto -
The Ambition and Vision of Joey Smallwood-
The Pre-History of Multiculturalism in Canada  -

The History of the Rowell-Sirois Commission and the Reshaping of Canadian Federalism -
Good Homes for Toronto Workers -
Open Federalism in the Harper Era and its Historical Legacy?-
The Intrepid James Wolfe -
Canadians as a Cigarette Nation, 1930 to 1975 -
What a Toronto Election in 2014 Reveals About Democracy in Canada -
The Women Who Transformed the National Gallery of Art  -
The Many Lives of Frank Prewett -
The Military on the University of Toronto Campus -
The Winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards -
Ida Martin and Saint John’s Working Class  -
Surviving Natural Resource Development and Environmental Degradation: Anishinaabe Loss and Resilience in Northwestern Ontario -
Women and the History of the Iraqi Diaspora in Canada -
A Cultural History of Icelandic Immigration to Canada -
A History of the Idea of Inequality in Canada -
A history of place and family in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan -
A History of the Métis Nation -
The History and Impact of the New Left in Toronto  -
A History of Immigrant Arrivals through Pier 21 in Halifax -
Decoding Indigenous Governance in the First Centuries of Contact -
Women and the History of the Vote in the Prairie Provinces -
The Historical Geography of Canada as a Bounded Land -
How First Nations became marginalized in the Canadian Prairies to make way for Euro-Canadian settlement -
Beauty Contests and Settler Femininity -
John Lennon in Canada -
A History of Law in Canada from the beginning until Confederation -
The Black Loyalists of New Brunswick -
The Enigmatic W.P.M. Kennedy: The History of a Canadian Academic -
The History of the 1960s Scoop of Indigenous Children in Prairie Canada -
The Ku Klux Klan in Canada  -
Historic Sites in Prairie Canada -
Jennifer Brown on the history and ethnography of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian Northwest -
Viscount Haldane: The Unknown Father of Confederation -
Tax, Order And Good Government: Historical Views on Tax Fairness in Canada -
Blindness to Indigenous Realities -
The History of Political Parties in Canada -
New Perspectives on the Internment and Dispossession of Japanese-Canadians -
The History of Equalization in Canada  -
Comment les partis politiques ont imposé une discipline totale au Canada -
How Political Parties Imposed Total Discipline in Canada -
Newfoundland’s Long and Winding Road to Confederation -
The Portuguese in Canada -
Immigrant Doctors in the History of Canadian Medicare -
Multicultural Policy 50 Years Later -


The Mysterious Louis St-Laurent -
The State of Canada in 1945 -
Wrestling and the Sporting Culture in the Prairies -
Les référendums de 1980 et 1995 en perspective  -
Quebec Referenda 25 and 40 years later -
Donald Wright’s Very Short Introduction to Canadian History -
The Hockey Story in Canada -
Montreal’s “Le Devoir” and the Jews -
2020 Remembrance Day Special: Canada at War, with Jack Granatstein -
Mi'kmaq Life before the Europeans -
CBC Television’s Interpretation of Canadian History-
The Genius of Pierre-Esprit Radisson -
Pierre Laporte: Martyr of the 1970 October Crisis -
Pierre Laporte: Martyre de la Crise d’Octobre -

Henri Bourassa and the Great War -

Mary Quayle Innis and the Professor -

The Origins of The Modern Canadian Healthcare System -

Quebec in a Global Light -

Le Québec à la lumière du monde -

Canada on the UN Security Council -

Canada’s Scottish Refugees -

Edward Cecil-Smith, Canadian Communist -

Teyoninhokarawen: A Mohawk in the War of 1812 -

The Place of Race in Canada's International History -

James Teit and the First Nations on the Pacific Coast -

The History of Canada's Car Industry -

How Canada Nearly Forgot the Second World War -

Thomas Chapais, Tory Historian -

Thomas Chapais, Historien Loyaliste -

The Bank of Montreal's Influence to the end of the Second World War-

The Bank of Montreal's Success Since 1945 -

Acadian Fire, 1968 -

Reinventing Canada after 1945 -

Canada in Afghanistan -

Canadian History through the eyes of the Canadian Canoe Museum  -

The Labatt’s Saga -

Harold Innis on Peter Pond and the Art of Biography -

The Tragedy of Almighty Voice -  

Canada, 1919 -

The Making of Louis Riel -

The Secrets of Banking History in Canada -
The History of Gay Life on the Prairies -
"Making Multiculturalism" The History of a Toronto School -
The Impact of Freak Shows in Canada -
How George Washington Killed 10 French Canadians and Started a World War -
The American Obsession with the 1837-38 Rebellions -
L'obsessoin américaine avec les rebellions de 1837-38 -
The FLQ Bombings 50 Years Later -
Canada at the Versailles Treaty, 1919 -
The 1979 Election in Canada forty years later -
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 one Hundred Years Later-
The Campaign for Women's Vote in Ontario -
Prime Ministers and the Press -
Canada's Uneasiness with International Human Rights -
Pierre E. Trudeau was not a Socialist! -
The Drama of Oscar Skelton-
The Business of the Early NHL -
The Lives and Times of Kouchibouguac -
Mackenzie King meets Hitler, June 1937 -
Canada and the Far East -
Remembrance Day Special: The Great War Comes to Ontario -
The 2019 Election in a Historical Context: A Roundtable -
Marcel Cadieux and the Art of Diplomacy -
The Devastating Flu Epidemic of 1918-19 in Canada -
Hating the Catholics in Canada -
The Politics of the Champlain Monument in Orillia, Ontario -
Harry Crerar's Army -
The Rise and Fall of One-Industry Towns in Northern Canada -


The Strange Birth of the NHL in December 1917 –

Canada at the Winter Olympics –

The Unknown Northwest Passage –

Battling for The Maritimes, 1690-1763 –
Reconsidering the Legacy of Vimy –
Rediscovering the Explorer Philip Turnor –
The Canadian Irish and the First World War –
Native American Church and the Religious Use of Peyote in Canada –
The Universe of John Plaskett, Astronomer –
Pierre Trudeau, Trudeaumania 50 years later –
The History of Psychiatric Care and Mental Hospitals in Canada –
Hudson’s Bay Company Governor James Knight, 1714–1717 –
The History of Canadian Spying
Teaching How to Think Historically in Canadian Schools –
The History of Indian Hospitals –
The Teaching of History in Quebec’s Schools –
L’enseignement de l’histoire au Québec  –
Lawyers, Families and Canadian Business –
The Teaching of History in Canada’s High Schools –
The Power of Prime Ministers in the First 50 Years of Confederation –
The Origins of the Security State -
Canada Day Special: Canada’s Incomplete Conquests -
Elizabeth Hale and The Two Solitudes, 200 years Ago -
The Making of Obesity in Canada -
Canada’s Writers confront the Vietnam War -
The Fascinating Career of Mackenzie King's Diary -
The Enigmatic Donald Creighton -
The "Other 1968": René Lévesque and the Founding of the Parti Québécois  -
"L'autre 1968"  René Lévesque et la fondation du Parti québécois -
Canada's Cyclist Soldiers of The First World War-
Armistice Day Special -
The Importance of the Eaton's Santa Claus Parade -


The Telegram that launched Canada’s Involvement in the Suez Crisis –

La carrière fulgurante d’Étienne Brûlé –

The Hundred Days Campaign in the First World War –

The Diary of Lucy Everett Morrison –

The Conscription Crisis, 1917 –

La crise de la conscription, 1917 –

John A Macdonald and “the crisis” of 1885 –

Henri Bourassa and Confederation  –

La Confédération et Henri Bourassa –

Canada's Khaki Election of December, 1917 –

Beaverbrook: A Canadian in the David Lloyd George Cabinet, February 1918 –

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