NOVEMBER 10, 1915
Complete Prohibition for Nova Scotia.
The time has more than come for the overthrow of the liquor traffic in Nova Scotia.
To accomplish this, we must have prohibition in Halifax, and efficient enforcement of law throughout the province. Halifax is the key to the situation, the stronghold of the liquor interests. The licenses bars of Halifax, the wholesale liquor establishments and the influence of the "trade," work incalculable injury to the City and Province.
In 1894 the people of Nova Scotia by a vote of three to one declared for prohibition for the province, and would no doubt, if now called upon, enter a more decided protest against the traffic.
The War has emphasized the fact that Drink is striking at the efficiency and character of the people, and the Government should fall in line with the patriotic sentiment of the province and abolish the traffic.
We do not desire half-way measures shortening the hours of sale or other restrictions will not satisfy. The traffic must be destroyed.
The Government would win the approbation of the vast majority of citizens by announcing at an early date, that, on the expiration of existing licenses, march 15, 1916, they shall not be renewed, and that the city of Halifax, as well as the rest of the Province, shall not have any liquor establishments under protection of law.
There is now ample time for the Government to make the required provision to this effect, and to notify all parties interested, so that the city will not depend upon any revenue from liquor licenses for next year, and the present licenses may make business arrangements necessary by reason of the coming abolition of their licenses.
It may be here noted that by solemn contract entered into, in terms of the Provincial Liquor License act by the Liquor Dealers and the City Council, the Liquor Dealers may do business until the date mentioned. The Province is now in partnership with the liquor interests. This partnership cannot be legally broken until March 15, 1916. In the meantime, as heretofore, there is opportunity to work night and day to inculcate the principles of total abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
In the name of our Churches, and other agencies on record for the suppression of the liquor traffic, in behalf of our Sailors and Soldiers and Civilians whose efficiency and character are being injured, and for the sake of men, women and children suffering and crushed under the burden of drink, we appeal to Premier Murray and his Government to take immediate action with a view to the complete abolition, on March 15, 1916, of the liquor traffic in the Province.
H. R. GRANT,
Gen. Secy., N.S. Temperance Alliance.
October 25, 1915.