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Ontario prohibition referendum, 1921

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Ontario prohibition referendum, 1921

An Ontario prohibition referendum was held on April 18, 1921 concerning a ban on the importation of alcoholic beverages into Ontario.

Referendum question

Shall the importation and the bringing of intoxicating liquors into the province be forbidden?


Though the Queen's Privy Council for Canada had ruled in 1896 that provinces do not have the authority to prohibit the importation of alcohol, the Canada Temperance Act allowed the federal government to enact a prohibition if a majority was reached in a referendum. Similar referendums had previously been undertaken in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia in 1920, and in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in 1921.

Initially, the Ontario referendum was to be held on the same day as those in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Concerns about the voter list eventually led to its re-scheduling.


Response # of votes polled % of votes polled
Yes 540,773 59.1
No 373,938 40.9
Total 914,711 100.0

Total prohibition, or "bone-dry" prohibition, was brought into effect in Ontario. Though the provincial government was bound by the results, the enactment of an importation ban would be delayed.

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