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.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Equal Parenting Motion for House of Commons debate

Anyone who wants to see change in the manner the Divorce Act now works should get to their MP to support this motion and subsequently the required changes to the Act. Do not wait, do not falter, do not think your voice does not count. Do it now. Be redoubtable when it comes to your relationship with your children. You and they are worth it. Phone AND e-mail. contact information can be found at http://www.yayacanada.com/MPs.html Maurice Vellacott, MP Saskatoon-Wanuskewin

MP Maurice Vellacott to select equal parenting motion for House of Commons debate

For Immediate Release May 30, 2008

OTTAWA Next week, Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) plans to select his equal parenting motion, M-483, for debate in the House of Commons. On Wednesday June 4, up to 15 additional items of Private Members’ Business will be added to the Parliamentary schedule for debate. Vellacott is one of the 15 Members of Parliament who will be able to select an item for debate.

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.”

Vellacott tabled this motion on April 11 and the supportive response from concerned fathers and many other fair-minded Canadians has been overwhelming. “These Canadian parents from across the country have been contacting me and contacting many other Members of Parliament to let them know how important this motion is,” said Vellacott.

This motion, if it passes, will not change the law in Canada, but it will reflect the will of Parliament to fix the way the current system handles custody and access among parents in broken homes. “It is a pro-child motion that works to rectify the current inequities for the sake of the children,” said Vellacott.

So far seven MPs have made a public statement in support of this initiative by having their names listed as “Seconders” of the motion. These MPs are Carol Skelton from Saskatchewan, Tom Wappel and Patrick Brown from Ontario, Leon Benoit and Art Hanger from Alberta and Russ Hiebert and John Cummins from B.C.

With the summer recess upon us, this motion won’t come up for debate in the House until the fall. “I urge all Canadians who support my reasonable proposal in M-483 to contact their Members of Parliament over the summer, urging them to support this motion. And continue to spread the word and build support,” concluded Vellacott.

A simple way for 13 more MPs to express their public support for this motion is to have their names added to the list of “Seconders.” Urge your supportive MP to do this. Remind them that all they have to do is sign a letter addressed to the Journals Branch of the House of Commons at 140 North, Centre Block, which states: “Please put my name down as Jointly Seconding Motion M-483.”

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