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18:00 - 19:30 27 April 2016

Gay purges and the Canadian Department of External Affairs during the Cold War


Seminar Room 105 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Hector Mackenzie, Adjunct Reserach Professor, Carleton University

This seminar highlights the past inattention of government to this terrible episode in Canada's past (in contrast to the apparent willingness of the current Canadian government to acknowledge, apologize and perhaps compensate the victims and their families). There is also an emphasis on the continuing research challenges associated with this subject, particularly surrounding access to files under the control of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Privy Council Office. Above all, it is important to integrate this story with the post-war history of Canada, so that the potential lessons or warnings about abuse of power and denial of fundamental rights are not lost or obscured.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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