CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition to Tell the Tragic Story of Gerald Le Dain

Gerald Le Dain was a luminary determine in Canada’s progressive political historical past.

A revered lawyer and former Supreme Court Justice, he authored the Le Dain Commission, a groundbreaking research that advisable hashish decriminalization in 1973. Unfortunately for Le Dain, the prohibitionists got here after him. Hard. Through a collection of soiled techniques, vicious private assaults and backdoor political collusion, Le Dain turned a pariah in Ottawa. And this Sunday, the CBC’s flagship weekend radio documentary program will uncover who was behind this miscarriage of justice, and why.

From the CBC: “This week, the CBC Radio program The Sunday Edition will broadcast a documentary that reveals a little-known and tragic story about Gerald Le Dain, an early hero in the motion to decriminalize marijuana.

Le Dain referred to as for the decriminalization of pot in 1973, when his Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs filed its remaining report.  The similar doc requested the federal authorities to deal with drug habit as a public well being drawback, moderately a criminal offense.  The Le Dain report was far forward of its time, praised as each brave and ground-breaking.  However, the Liberal authorities (beneath Trudeau Sr.) shelved it, and studiously ignored its findings.

Trudeau later nominated Le Dain, one of the prime authorized minds of the nation, to the Supreme Court, the place he served for 4 years.  Then he determined to resign…abruptly.  At least, that’s what individuals thought.

This week, in a radio documentary titled “One Judge Down,” The Sunday Edition will inform what actually occurred and why Gerald Le Dain’s profession instantly collapsed.

In reality, the Chief Justice at the time, Brian Dickson, demanded Le Dain’s resignation.

Many of those that knew about it at the time — judges, legal professionals, regulation professors and relations — have stored quiet for nearly thirty years. And many are extremely essential of the approach the Chief Justice handled Gerald Le Dain.

In our documentary, these closest to Le Dain at the moment are talking out on his behalf. They embrace Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, the final surviving Supreme Court justice from Le Dain’s period; Harry Arthurs, former President of York University; Justice Melvyn Green of the Ontario Court of Justice; David Butt, now a prime legal lawyer in Toronto who served as a Supreme Court clerk; McGill regulation prof Richard Janda, additionally a courtroom clerk beneath Le Dain; and Caroline Burgess, one of Gerald Le Dain’s daughters.

Caroline’s mom, Cynthia Le Dain had requested Dickson for a while off for her husband.  He’d been working diligently on writing judgments, and had fallen right into a melancholy.  Instead of granting a depart, Dickson determined that Le Dain’s days on the bench have been over.

Yes, it was a special period and the stigma skilled by individuals affected by psychological well being issues was larger then, nevertheless it’s telling that others who knew Le Dain felt compassion for him and believed this story might have had a unique, and a lot better, ending.

The producer of this story is Bonnie Brown, who has been an award-winning documentary and information producer for the CBC for about twenty years.  She additionally has a regulation diploma from McGill.

Her documentary can be revealed on our site on the night of January 12th and can air on The Sunday Edition January 14th.”




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