queercanada: The Everett Klippert Case: A man …

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The Everett Klippert Case: A man named Everett Klippert, who worked as a mechanic in the Northwest Territories, was charged with gross indecency in 1965 when he was revealed to be gay in an unrelated police interrogation. As a result, he was sentenced indefinitely to jail for being a sexual offender – a decision that was upheld by the Supreme Court. He was the last gay man to be given this sentence in Canada.

In this audio, recorded soon after the Supreme Court decision in 1967, both the Northwest Territories Liberal leader (Bud Orange) and Pierre Trudeau (then the Minister of Justice) respond to the case. Soon afterwards, once he had been elected as Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau made the move to decriminalize homosexual acts. (x)