Increase in the number of divorces in Canada

Increase in the number of divorces in Canada
Increase in the number of divorces in Canada

Canada’s chief statistician believes that the First World War is responsible for the increase in the number of divorces in the country.

In 1917, at the end of the war, Canada, from east to west, recorded 84 divorces while six years later, 505 divorces were granted. The chief statistician of the Federal Bureau of Statistics – called Statistics Canada since 1971 – is however pleased that this number is slightly lower than the totals of the two previous years (548 in 1921 and 544 in 1922). But he was saddened when he noted that in Quebec, in 1923, “there were 11 divorces instead of 6 the previous year.”

These divorce statistics are published on the front page of the daily Catholic Action from Wednesday May 7, 1924, a century ago.

The chief statistician recognizes that the Catholic Church “is also responsible for the good situation we see in Quebec.”

This is because in this province, there is only “one divorce per 222,000 people” while in Ontario, it is rather “one per 29,000 people”.

“In other provinces, the situation is even more serious,” he says. In 1923, for example, there were 87 divorces in Alberta. Note that in Prince Edward Island, there has been only one divorce… since 1868.

A cross on Mount Royal

The project to erect a cross on Mount Royal has just reached a new stage, we learn The Press from Monday May 5, 1924, 100 years ago.

The executive committee of the City of Montreal decided to “donate the necessary land” to the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the instigator of this initiative.

The municipal authorities also announce that “as of this week, Alphonse Piché, architect, and [Hector-Antoine] Terreault, director of the municipal public works department, will have an interview to resolve certain questions of detail, then bids will immediately be requested.

It is specified that “the cornerstone will be laid on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, during a special ceremony” while it is promised that the work will be completed “by the month of August”.

“The cross will be 100 feet high; it will be made of reinforced concrete. By means of a special device, it will be illuminated in the evening and will be visible on the river as far as Boucherville,” explains La Presse.

It is also revealed that “Montreal Light, Heat and Power will provide the energy necessary for illumination free of charge.”

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