The House: Budget flap, new divorce laws, and brainwashing
CBC Radio's The House keeps tabs on the nation's business from Parliament Hill. Launched in 1977, this hour-long Saturday morning program examines public policy and the politics of governing. It remains one of CBC Radio's flagship current affairs programs. The CBC Digital Archives highlights programs from the 1984 season — the year Canada had three prime ministers. It was a year that saw the last days of Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa, John Turner's brief moment of glory, and the rise of Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative juggernaut.
• The divorce legislation discussed in this clip was given royal assent in 1985. The act changed the grounds for divorce to create a broad category referred to as simply marriage breakdown, with no-fault grounds available to the parties. Another significant change included the provision that couples could file for divorce jointly. This made it possible for uncontested divorces to proceed more efficiently through the system and avoid any appearance in court. Previously, all divorce decrees required a trial held before a judge.
• The availability of fault and no-fault grounds for divorce, established by the divorce law passed in 1968, were maintained in this new law. For more on the changing face of divorce in Canada, please visit the CBC Digital Archives topic Splitting Up: Canadians Get Divorced.
• The brainwashing experiments discussed in this clip were conducted by American doctor Ewan Cameron at McGill University's renowned Allen Memorial Institute in the 1950s and 1960s. It was part of a larger project by the U.S. CIA's Cold War mind-control research program called MK-ULTRA. In 1988, nine Canadians received nearly $67,000 US compensation from the CIA. The Canadian government, which provided some funding for the project, also compensated some victims in 2007.
Program: The House
Broadcast Date: Jan. 28, 1984
Guest(s): Doris Anderson, Shirley Carr, Charles Cole, Tom D'Aquino, Holly Harris, Fran Keightley, Marc Lalonde, Allan Lawrence, Allan MacEachen, Mark MacGuigan, Charles MacMillian, Brian Mulroney, David Orlikow, John Reid, Svend Robinson, Evita Roche, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, William Turner, Bob White, Valerie Whitlam
Host: Denise Rudnicki
Reporter: Brian Kelleher
Last updated: November 23, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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