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Prominent Jews Proposed for Membership in Canadian ‘no-jews’ Club

July 29, 1964
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The long-established practice of barring Jews from membership in the exclusive Rideau Club in Ottawa will be tested shortly when applications from several prominent Ottawa Jews are considered.

Three of the applicants are: Louis Rasminsky, Bank of Canada governor; David Golden, former deputy minister of the Industry Department; and Lawrence Freiman, head of a large department store in Ottawa and former president of the Zionist Organization of Canada. Mr. Rasminsky’s proposer is Blair Fraser, Ottawa editor of Maclean’s magazine. Sponsoring Mr. Golden is A. Davidson Dunton, president of Carleton University. Mr. Freiman has been proposed by Royal Canadian Navy Commander F. J.D. Pemberton.

The former method of voting on applications for membership in the historic club–the black ball system–has been discarded. A special committee now passes or rejects applications. For this reason, club members believe that the old practice of barring Jews will be ended. Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Pearson, speaking to an audience in the USA deplored the discriminatory policy of a club in his city, naming the Rideau Club. This speech by the Prime Minister, no doubt, provoked this action by the organization.

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