Free Speech Campaigns

FREE SPEECH CAMPAIGNS were protests by militant labour unionists against attempts by authorities to ban public speaking in the streets of VANCOUVER and VICTORIA. The first campaign occurred in Vancouver in Apr–May 1909 after city police tried to stop members of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD (IWW) and the SOCIALIST PARTY OF CANADA from addressing crowds. Fines and jail sentences were imposed; in response, outdoor protest rallies grew in intensity. Finally the authorities decided to back...

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