Canadian Civil Liberties Association
|Leader||Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel|
The CCLA was founded in 1964 in Toronto, prompted by the Ontario's government's proposal of a bill that would have granted special powers to the police in the face of a rise in organized crime. Its predecessor was the Association for Civil Liberties (ACL), which at its founded had been intended to address national issues, but had become focused on issues in Ontario. The ACL was led by Irving Himel, and in response to the bill, he gathered human rights leaders in Toronto, including Pierre Berton, June Callwood, Bora Laskin, Mark MacGuigan, Harry Arthurs, and John Keiller MacKay, and they formed the CCLA with Mackay as its honorary president.
Alan Borovoy served as general counsel of the organization from 1968 to 2009 and under his leadership, he and the CCLA became famous throughout Canada as defenders of free speech and civil liberties.
- Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust
- British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
- American Civil Liberties Union
- "Staff". CCLA. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- Dominique Clement. Case Study: Canadian Civil Liberties Association Page accessed Feb 13, 2016
- Peter Edwards and Stephen Spencer Davis for the Toronto Star. May 12, 2015 Civil liberties champion Alan Borovoy dead at 83
- Kim Covert for The National. May 12, 2015 Obit: Alan Borovoy (1932-2015)
- Canadian Civil Liberties Association - Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups - Web Archive created by the University of Toronto Libraries