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Canadian Judge Rules Against Will Discriminating Against Jews

A clause in a will which would have denied $80,000 to a beneficiary if she married a Jew has been set aside by a justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

The will of Alfred Hurshman provided that sum for his daughter, Georgia, provided she was not the wife of a Jew, A month before the will was made, she married a Jewish medical student from Winnipeg.

In setting aside the restriction, Justice H.W. McInnes said “I view with disfavor the power of testators to control from their grave the choice in marriage of their beneficiaries.”