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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1685
AUTHOR: Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919–2000)
QUOTATION: The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.
ATTRIBUTION: PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU, Canadian minister of justice, remark to newsmen, Ottawa, Canada, December 21, 1967, as reported by The Globe and Mail, Toronto, December 22, 1967, p. 1.

He was commenting on the government’s proposal to overhaul Canadian criminal law, giving new recognition to individual rights in several areas, including sexual behavior.