For Immediate Release June 6, 2008
Vellacott selects equal parenting motion - M-483 - for debate in the House of Commons
OTTAWA – On Wednesday Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Sasaktoon-Wanuskewin) had his name transferred to the Order of precedence for Private Members’ Business along with 14 of his colleagues. That means that he is now on the updated schedule of House of Commons business as a Member of Parliament whose Private Members’ Bill or Motion will soon be debated in Parliament.
Yesterday, Vellacott notified the House of Commons officials that he has selected his equal parenting motion, M-483, for this debate in Parliament.
M-483 reads as follows: “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should propose amendments to the Divorce Act so that law and practice ensure due process protection of rights and equality of parents, and to ensure that children benefit from equal parenting from both their mother and their father, after separation or divorce.”
M-483 will receive two hours of debate in Parliament, one hour at a time. It is unlikely that either of these hours of debate will take place prior to the summer recess.
“Canadians who support this motion will have all summer to build additional support for the motion and to meet with their Member of Parliament to secure his/her support for this reasonable, and fair-minded motion,” said Vellacott.
A simple way for an MP to indicate their support of his motion is to be listed as a Seconder of the motion on Parliament’s Order Paper. “I want to commend my colleagues who have already indicated their support in this fashion,” said Vellacott. Those listed as Seconders thus far are Carol Skelton and Garry Breitkreuz from Saskatchewan, Tom Wappel, Patrick Brown and David Van Kesteren from Ontario, Russ Hiebert, John Cummins and Betty Hinton from B.C. and Leon Benoit and Art Hanger from Alberta.
“Children need the active participation of a father and a mother to achieve best outcomes,” said Vellacott. “The solid evidence for this reality will be presented during debate on M-483 in the House of Commons.”
“Canadian parents and Canada’s children have been waiting far too long for important equity-achieving reforms to the way courts treat access and parenting following the break-up of a marriage,” added Vellacott. “ I’m hopeful that today is a significant step toward vital reforms in this important area.”
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