Leilani Muir has died. She was forcibly sterilized by the government of Alberta because she was deemed “defective.” This happened to 2,800 people in Alberta, between 1928 and 1972.
It was called eugenics, and it was all the rage back then. Not just on Adolf Hitler’s side of the Atlantic, but in North America too. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, set up a “Negro Project” to abort only black babies.
Yesterday Alberta’s NDP minister for Human Services, Irfan Sabir, gave a touching remembrance to Leilani Muir.
Of course, these being Alberta New Democrats, they blamed Ralph Klein, the late PC premier. Klein had nothing to do with it; the policy was abolished by the PC party long before Klein was premier.
In fact, Canada’s leading eugenics booster in the 1930s was Tommy Douglas, the socialist premier of Saskatchewan who went on to become the leader of the federal NDP. He was voted "The Greatest Canadian," remember?
Let’s look at a book he wrote in 1933, “The Problems of the Subnormal Family.”
He wants to ban certain people from getting married. He favoured segregation by social class, and sex. And he called for the sterilization of "the physically unfit and mental defectives." It could be written by a Nazi.
Tommy Douglas later abandoned his eugenics fad, once Hitler had discredited it. But he sure loved signing people up for forced medical attention. Wait until you hear what he said about homosexuals...
My guest and TheRebel.media's resident historian John Robson joins me to discuss Tommy Douglas' controversial legacy.
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