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Paul-Étienne Rainville

Paul Etienne Rainville

Political History Prize Best Article (French Language)

2019

Paul-Étienne Rainville, « Au nom de l’ordre ou de la liberté ? Le Congrès juif canadien face à la répression des libertés civiles et des droits des minorités religieuses au Québec (1945-1954) »

Paul-Étienne Rainville’s article examines the ambiguous attitude of the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) towards civil liberties and religious freedoms in post-war Quebec. Well-situated within the broader Canadian and international literature on the history of human rights, the article offers a more complex and nuanced view of the involvement of the CJC in advancing minority rights in Canada. Notably, it emphasizes the importance of local political and social contexts in understanding the stances taken by activist groups.