The principles so dear to us as citizens of a democratic society are often severely tested.
In time of crisis, civil liberties can be fragile. Their complex relationship with national security can be affected by legitimate and unfounded fears alike, as well as by prejudice, incomplete information and the impact of specific events.
This souvenir catalogue examines civil liberties in Canada during the First and Second World Wars, as well as during the October Crisis. It provides the context and consequences of repressive legislative measures, along with information on key subjects, personalities and debates. When appropriate, it also makes connections between historical events and related issues of the day.