Duplessis Orphans: 'The Mother's Saint'
During the reign of Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis in the 1940s and 1950s, an alarming number of healthy children living in sanctuaries were hastily diagnosed as mentally incompetent, psychotic patients. The diagnoses were always swift — the children went to bed orphans and woke up psychiatric patients. The reason? Shrewd fiscal planning; federal subsidies paid out more to hospitals than to orphanages. Some children allegedly endured lobotomies, electroshock, straitjackets and abuse. For the rest of their lives they would struggle to bring attention to their story and demand compensation. They called themselves the Duplessis Orphans.
The seven religious orders implicated in the orphans' charges are:
- the Sisters of Providence
- Sisters of Charity of Quebec
- Sisters of Mercy
- the Grey Nuns of Montreal
- the Small Franciscans of Mary
- the Brothers of Charity
- and the Brothers of Our Lady of Mercy.
. As of 2005, these religious orders have refused to respond to the allegations.
Program: The Arts Today
Broadcast Date: Feb. 15, 2000
Guest(s): Ed Roy
Host: Erika Ritter
Last updated: March 23, 2012
Page consulted on May 14, 2013
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