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Homosexuality an ‘illness’

The Story

PC Justice critic Eldon Woolliams tells CBC Television's Barbara Frum in this clip that "all the law says is that acts in private won't be persecuted or arrested, so it really doesn't change anything." While he calls homosexuality an 'illness' and feels it has no place in the Criminal Code, Woolliams admits he would vote for more effective legislation concerning homosexuality so that "these people can be interviewed and helped by psychiatrists and they could be brought to norm."

Medium: Television
Program: The Way It Is
Broadcast Date: Feb. 2, 1969
Guest(s): Elden Woolliams
Host: Patrick Watson
Reporter: Barbara Frum
Duration: 5:31

Did You know?

• Eldon Woolliams was a lawyer before being elected as a Tory MP for Bow River in 1958. Born in Rosetown, Sask., he later served as MP for Calgary North, winning eight consecutive elections during his political career. Woolliams served in Ottawa for 22 years as justice critic and chairman of the justice committee. He retired from politics in 1980, returning to his law practice before passing away in 2001 at the age of 85.

• During this interview, Woolliams told Frum that there have "been no real convictions in reference to these acts being done in private" in Canada. In fact, Everett Klippert was sentenced to jail in 1967 as a 'dangerous sex offender' after admitting to police during an arson investigation that he was a homosexual and had had sex with other men over a 24-year period.

• One Ralliement des Créditistes MP who opposed the bill criticized the CBC for giving too much coverage to homosexuality, claiming the network allowed "sexual perverts to express themselves freely and sometimes in an arrogant manner on the air."


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