Omnibus Bill: Trudeau's vision becomes a reality
"There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation." Those unforgettable words made famous by Pierre Trudeau in 1967 caused a tidal wave of controversy that rippled across the entire nation. Trudeau's Omnibus Bill brought issues like abortion, homosexuality and divorce law to the forefront for the first time, changing the political and social landscape in Canada forever.
But the fight isn't over yet as the bill, having been passed by the House, must now go to the Senate for final approval. However, the justice minister isn't worried. "I can only hope that the Senate will give the bill its best judgement," a confident Turner tells reporters, adding that he wants to review the Criminal Code on an annual basis in order to "bring it more into accord with the times."
• The bill did not allow women complete freedom with regards to abortion. Section 287 of the Criminal Code still held that anyone who used drugs, instruments, or manipulation of any kind with the intention of procuring a miscarriage would be guilty of endangering or killing a fetus and could go to prison for life.
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: May 14, 1969
Guest: John Turner
Host: John O'Leary
Interviewer: Ron Collister
Photo: National Archives of Canada (PA-117107)
Last updated: September 13, 2013
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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