I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Maurice Vellacott Bill # C-422 ~ Intro Statement – Equal Shared Parenting ~ June 16, 2009


Mr. Maurice Vellacott introduced a Private Member’s Bill this morning that would require a presumption of equal parenting. This is a BILL, not a MOTION. It’s # is C-422. Don’t refer to it as M-483 if contacting others such as politicians or media about this bill because M-483 as an equal parenting measure was terminated with the last election call, as most of you already know, so nobody will know what you are talking about if you refer to it incorrectly. Mr. Vellacott’s introductory statement in introducing this bill this morning was as follows (Check Against Delivery):


Intro Statement
Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to be introducing a Private Member’s Bill today which would direct courts in regard to divorce, to make equal shared parenting the presumptive arrangement in the best interests of the child, except in proven cases of abuse or neglect. 

Over 10 years ago, a Joint House-Senate committee presented to Parliament a report entitled “For the Sake of the Children.” That report urged Parliament to amend the Divorce Act to make equal shared parenting the normative determination by courts dealing with situations of divorce involving children. This non-partisan recommendation from that Joint House-Senate was based on compelling research made available to the committee members. Over the past ten years, the best research has continued to demonstrate the far superior outcomes for children, in general, when both parents – mom AND dad – are actively involved in their children's lives, even if the parents divorce or separate. 

Polling from the past two years demonstrates overwhelming support from Canadians for equal shared parenting. There is, in fact, slightly more support among women than men for equal parenting. This strong support from almost 80% of Canadians exists across the country, with the strongest regional support coming from Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Canadians claiming to be Liberal and Bloc supporters, expressed the strongest endorsement for equal shared parenting, at 80.6% among Liberals and 82.9% among Bloc Quebecois supporters.

A variety of countries, such as Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Australia, and various U.S. states, have implemented equal parenting, joint custody or shared parenting presumptive legislation, which has resulted in lowered court costs, less conflict and improved social outcomes for the children of divorce.

This bill is one of the most a-political, non-partisan pieces of legislation introduced in this current Parliament. I look forward to strong support for this important piece of legislation from all Members of Parliament who are committed to the best interests of our Canadian children.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see this go somewhere, but I doubt it will.

-disgruntled dad

Michael J. Murphy said...

I and thousands of others, men and women, across the country will continue to work hard to see if we can get it approved in a bi-partisan manner.

My glass is always half full but the fluid in it often needs preservatives in order to wait out the slowness in change.

July 29, 2009 12:43 AM

Anonymous said...

Its about time this was brought in, when will it continue through parliament? Custody is so unfair to fathers and grandparents at present.

Michael J. Murphy said...

It is ongoing. The bill is on the order paper but it is a Private Member's Bill and does not get a high priority. A breakfast meeting is scheduled as follows if you are in the Ottawa area.

PARLIAMENTARY BREAKFAST SEMINAR:

EQUAL SHARED PARENTING



FOR

SENATORS AND MPs

Did you know:



80% of Canadians support Equal Shared Parenting

Equal Shared Parenting would pass in a free vote



Equal Shared Parenting - Coming to a Parliament Near You.


DATE: NOVEMBER 19,2009

TIME: 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

PLACE: 253-D Centre Block



REFRESHMENTS: Coffee, Tea & Muffins


1.INTRODUCTION/INTRODUCTION



2. THE SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE/ PERSPECTIVE DE LA SCIENCE SOCIAL

3. WHAT’S THE ISSUE/ QUEL EST L’ENJEU?

WE HAVE ALL SIGNED ON TO THE SOLUTION/ NOUS AVONS TOUS APPUYÉ LA SOLUTION

WHERE DO PARLIAMENTARIANS STAND/ QUELLE EST LA POSITION DE NOS PARLEMENTAIRES?



4. Q&A/PÉRIODE DE QUESTIONS

And in the evening the Canadian Equal Parenting Council and the Canadian Council for Co-Parenting are proud to do a presentation with Professor Edward Kruk on Equal Parenting and Why it Matters, Thursday, November 19th @ 7PM at the Bronson Centre, Rideau Room. No admission.

RSVP: email: kristin.titus@canadianepc.com

or telephone: (905) 987- 5777


Seminar hosted courtesy of Madame Raymonde Folco MP and Mr. Maurice Vellacott MP

Anonymous said...

It is a shame for Canada have not approved this bill yet. What parliament is wating for?. How many more fathers has to be splited from their childs? Shame on Canada law system !!!!!

Michael J. Murphy said...

This is a Private Members Bill and will have a slower journey through the process. We will continue to lobby all parties to take it up as a non-partisan vote.

Geoff Edmonds said...

So many people in this country are suffering because of this less than adequate system we have. Some even have paid the ultimate price. The sooner they wake up and realize it needs a severe overhaul, the better. It is imperative that this Bill get passed, in order to save lives.

Anonymous said...

I have sadly witnessed first hand the manipulation of the system by a mother - using her children as pawns, denying my husband overnight visits because, as she said "she doesn't like to be alone." Please keep us updated on the progress of this bill. When I hear of mother's pulling crap like this, I'm ashamed to be a woman.

shawn said...

This needs to happen fast, I'm currently in a battle to get custody/guardianship/access to a girl that was wrongly taken from my family by her mother 8yrs ago. I've been in the court process for over a year with 0 results and my child still doesn't know of me. Yet her mother has married and devorced and is now in another relationship where she calls that guy daddy yet I'm in a stable relationship with 2 other daughters and a son on the way.

It's terrible to see mothers lie and steal their children from rightful fathers where the courts are only too eager to see the custody goto the mother so we are on the hook for our wages and paying the courts for time.

Anonymous said...

Help put it on the top of the pile...
Write a letter to your MP. Or a postcard.
Don't need to explain your reasons to support it, but ask them to move forward with C-422.
This squeaky wheel needs the grease...