Dr. Geo H. Wade, Mayor of Hanna, Alberta, wrote an article titled “The Sterilization Bill” in the Wetaskiwin Times.1 Wade commended the efforts made to increase control of the disabled population, however, he thought that sterilization on its own was not enough.2 He claimed that the lack of fear of pregnancy among sterilized females would lead them to become “prostitute that would spread venereal disease like a prairie fire”.3 He proposed “desexualization” measures also be established in order to prevent such repercussions.4


1. Ellen Keith, “Human Wreckage from Foreign Lands – A Study of Ethnic Victims of the Alberta Sterilization Act,” Constellations 2, no. 2 (2011): 84-85.

2. Ibid., 84-85.

  Ibid., 84-85.

4. The Sterilization of Leilani Muir, directed by Glynis Whitling (1996; Edmonton, AB: National Film board of Canada, 1996), DVD.

5. Ellen Keith, “Human Wreckage from Foreign Lands”, 84-85.

6. Angus McLaren, Our Own Master Race: Eugenics in Canada, 1885-1945. (Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2014), eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost), EBSCOhost (accessed August 2, 2018), 159.

7. Ellen Keith, “Human Wreckage from Foreign Lands”, 84-85.

8. James H. Marsh, “Keeping Canada Sane,” thecanadianencyclopedia.ca, accessed August 2, 2018, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/eugenics-keeping-canada-sane-feature/.

9. The Sterilization of Leilani Muir.


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