Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret


Jane Harris-Zsovan

About the book

In 1928, the non-partisan United Farmers of Alberta passed the first Sexual Sterilization Act. The UFA’s successor, the Social Credit Party, led by radio evangelist William Aberhart, and later by his protégé Ernest Manning, removed the need to obtain consent to sterilize “mental defectives” or Huntington’s Chorea patients with dementia.

Between 1928 and 1972 nearly three thousand citizens were sterilized, lied to, experimented on, and subjected to daily abuse at hands of provincial staff in Alberta. Most Albertans have forgotten the victims whose names made headlines in the 1990s, and politicians and pundits have shown little empathy for the victims.


HIS006000 History/Canada POL029000 Political Science/Social Policy Photographs, Endnotes, Appendices, Index
288pp 6 x 9 in