“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” Pierre Elliott Trudeau told reporters. He was making the case for the most controversial of his proposed reforms to the Criminal Code, those concerning homosexuality, birth control, and abortion. In No Place for the State, contributors offer complex and often contrasting perspectives as they assess how the 1969 Omnibus Bill helped shape sexual and moral politics in Canada. Fifty years later, the origins and legacies of the bill are equivocal and the state still seems interested in sexual regulation. This incisive study explains why that matters.
About the authors
Christopher Dummitt is associate professor of history in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University.
Christabelle Sethna is an historian and associate professor who teaches in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on reproduction, colonialism, and, more recently, representations of animals.