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An Ontario prohibition plebiscite
was held on January 1, 1894, in conjunction with municipal elections under the Prohibition Plebiscite Act, on the legality of alcoholic beverages and the implementation of prohibition
Prohibition of alcohol, often referred to simply as prohibition, is the practice of prohibiting the manufacture, transportation, import, export, sale, and consumption of alcohol and alcoholic beverages. The term can also apply to the periods in the histories of the countries during which the...
. Though the plebiscite passed, the results were non-binding and prohibition would not occur in Ontario until 1916.
Are you in favour of the immediate prohibition by law of the importation, manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors as a beverage?
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Though unmarried women and widows were permitted to vote in the plebiscite, they voted in a ballot of a different colour (blue for women, yellow for men).
Provincial prohibition, though having majority support, would face another roadblock in 1896 when the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
The Queen's Privy Council for Canada ), sometimes called Her Majesty's Privy Council for Canada or simply the Privy Council, is the full group of personal consultants to the monarch of Canada on state and constitutional affairs, though responsible government requires the sovereign or her viceroy,...
determined that provinces do not have the authority to prohibit the importation of alcohol.
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