1917 : Amendement constitutionnel (Prohibition)

AMENDMENT XVIII

Passed by Congress December 18, 1917. Ratified January 16, 1919. Repealed by amendment 21.

Section 1.
After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2.
The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3.
This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution …

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1919 – 1936 – La CIBC aux îles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Au hasard des ses connaissances, on découvre parfois des sources peu connues sur l’histoire de notre archipel. Pour avoir dit en passant à une amie fraîchement arrivée aux archives de la Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, qu’il s’agissait-là d’une banque qui avait eu un temps pignon sur rue à Saint-Pierre, j’ai eu droit quelques jours plus tard à la livraison d’un dossier exceptionnel !

Je vous rassure tout de suite, chers lecteurs, il ne s’agit pas des relevés de comptes tenus par les clients de 1920, mais des parcelles d’histoire bien plus intéressantes ! Fondée en 1867, date de la …

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1929 : SMUGGLING CONTINUES

SMUGGLING CONTINUES

The report of the attorney-general said that liquor smuggling from the high seas and across the Canadian border continued during the past year and that the ocean smugglers had discarded the use of large boats for speedier motor boats. It asserted that St. Pierre-Miquelon, French possession, in the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, had been the chief base for the illegal liquor supply of those engaged in -smuggling into the United States.
Almost every phase of the prohibition enforcement work increased during 1928. Criminal prohibition prosecutions instituted during the year totaled 56,786, the number of cases terminated …

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1934 : Sam Bronfman and Allan Bronfman sought by RCMP

Two Montrealers, Sam Bronfman and his brother Allan, sought by Royal Canadian Mounted Police as alleged members of a huge $5,000,000 Canadian liquor smuggling ring, announced last night from Ottawa that they were prepared to return to Montreal and surrender.

– Gazette, Thursday, Dec. 13, 1934

Return they did, together with their two other brothers, Harry and Abraham. And so began what Bronfman family chronicler Peter C. Newman calls  »the legal battle of their lives. »

The charges were fallout from Prohibition in the United States, the  »noble experiment » that had ended the year before as something of an ignoble failure. …

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193x : Georges Nestler Tricoche

Georges Nestler Tricoche
Terre-Neuve et alentours
Editions Pierre Roger – 193?
A SAINT-PIERRE-ET-MIQUELON

CHAPITRE XIV

Saint-Pierre comme le voit le touriste

En parlant de Terre-Neuve, nous avons fait remarquer qu’il se commet constamment des erreurs sous le rapport de la situation de cette île, que nombre de gens, même dans l’Amérique du Nord, considèrent comme faisant partie du Canada. Nous avons été encore plus surpris de constater que, pour bien des Français de la métropole, le status géographique de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon est tout aussi nuageux. Fréquemment, des lettres, des colis destinés à cette colonie y arrivent adressés : Saint-Pierre, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (Martinique), …

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