Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Greatest Canadians

Via Gods of the Copybook Headings, courtesty of Let it Bleed, some words from the "Greatest Canadian", Tommy Douglas:

"Instead of treating [homosexuality] as a crime and driving it underground we ought to recognize it for what it is. It's a mental illness; it's a psychiatric condition which ought to be treated sympathetically, which ought to be treated by psychiatrists and social workers."

- a clip from the cbc archives.
Apparently all is forgiven if you are a left-wing nutbar. Just ask Svend Robinson.

On the subject of Canada's greatest heroes, let us see what Emily Murphy is saying - the first woman police magistrate in Canada. She now graces the back of the $50 bill, along with the four other members of the "Famous Five". More on Emily Murphy soon.

On the topic of the sterilization of the mentally deficient:
The object of sterilization is three-fold. It aims at public security by preventing sexual crimes against women and children by feeble-minded but full-lifed males; that patients of both sexes may cease to be charges upon the vastly burdened rate-payers, and for the mental and physical betterment of our racial life.
I also read that her book "The Black Candle" was very influential in shaping the drug laws. Some of her recommendations for 'combating the drug trade and addiction' included:
  • Closer supervision of pharmaceutical companies, doctors and druggists (who sometimes abused their position of trust, and became drug dealers)
  • Increased law enforcement
  • Stricter search and seizure provisions
  • Longer prison sentences for offenders
  • Whipping of offenders at the judge's discretion
  • Deportation if the offender was an alien
  • Establishment of treatment facilities for drug offenders.
Makes me proud to fly that maple leaf flag - not.