September 15, 2008
For Immediate Release
FathersCan, the National Voice for Canadian Fathers, estimates that upwards of 400,000 divorced fathers in Canada will not vote in the upcoming federal election. This number is based on voting statistics from Elections Canada for 2004 and 2006 and divorce statistics from Statistics Canada for 2006.
Jeremy Swanson, National Director of FathersCan, says that he is not at all surprised by this number. “In fact,” says Mr. Swanson, “I would be surprised if there weren’t more divorced fathers than this who choose not to vote. I mean, why would a divorced father want to vote anyway? The recent history of the politics of divorce in Canada has been overwhelmingly anti-father.”
“Most of the federal parties and politicians are openly opposed to fathers having any equality when it comes to divorce or custody proceedings and those parties or politicians that claim to be otherwise have done absolutely nothing to legislate changes to end this discrimination.”
Mr. Swanson went on to point out that statistics have shown that over one million children in Canada have not seen their father for at least a year and that in by far the majority of cases this is because the courts, the mother, and the Divorce Industry in general, prevent the father from having any access to his children.
In most cases the courts consider a father to be “nothing more than an ATM and a sperm bank” Mr. Swanson said. He went on to say that the courts and the FRO are blazingly quick to harass and prosecute fathers if there is even the slightest rumour that he might be in arrears on support payments yet they totally ignore repeated documented refusals by mothers to allow the father any access whatsoever to his children, even when that access is mandated by the divorce settlement.
He continued, “Of course the problem is actually more fundamental than that. Fathers in Canada want to know why it is that mothers are almost always awarded custody of the children with the fathers essentially being told that they are, for all intents and purposes, no longer the children’s fathers.”
“Even in cases where “joint custody” is awarded it turns out that the judge almost always decrees that the children shall be resident with the mother. This is really nothing more than sole custody to the mother with a fancy name to hide the truth. Certainly it can’t be that over 80% of the fathers in Canada are completely incompetent at parenting and total jerks without any love or concern for their children as these statistics would lead us to believe.”
“Succeeding generations of politicians in Canada have made it clear that not only do fathers have no stake in the future of their children, no stake in the future of their family, and therefore, no stake in the future of their country, but have also made it abundantly clear that they don’t intend to do anything about it.”
“Why should anyone be surprised then that divorced fathers choose not to vote? Is there any party or any party leader that has the guts to make this an election issue and to promise that they will end this discrimination? There are a large number of votes out there that are waiting to be cast for the party that does.”
For more information contact:
James Williams, 905-608-1880
National Co-Director FathersCan nationaldirector@fatherscan.