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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Advocacy letter to 310 MP's in Canada discussing PMB C-560

Sent today via email to 310 MP's in Ottawa.

The debate in second reading for Bill C-560 is on Tuesday, the 27/5/14 and the vote is Wednesday, 28/5/14  (approx 5:45 p.m.).

After doing a lot of volunteer work in the 2011 election for the CPC I am disappointed to hear Mr. Harper is not in favour of this bill and through sources I understand is ordering cabinet to vote just like the NDP and apparently many Liberals.  Imagine that the CPC Cabinet voting with the socialists in the NDP, and the progressives in the Liberals who do not think fathers matter after divorce.

Social Science, however, disagrees with all of you no matter what your political stripe.

This will do a great disservice to tens of thousands of children across Canada.

At one time the CPC touted itself as the party for families both economically and socially. On the CPC website the party plays up the economic assistance given but few social  outcomes of long lasting and direct benefit to children (tax credits excluded), that would tremendously benefit children and, in the long term, reduce many social costs, including these same families keeping more of their money for children's education, instead of paying sky high legal fees to Lobbyist lawyers in the CBA. Is the CBA the only unregistered lobby group in Canada with direct access to federal Minister's and can influence legislation that hurts their pocket book.  In fact, how many MP's are members of this self same lobby group?

The family is the foundation of our society but with the sole physical custody model to mom in 90% of cases, according to Stats Canada, children suffer greater chances of jail time, drug use, suicide, among many other negative outcomes. One dramatic finding in the US was “After controlling for single motherhood, the difference between black and white crime rates disappeared.” Progressive Policy Institute, 1990, quoted by David Blankenhorn, “Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem,” New York, Harper Perennial, 1996, p.31.

I suspect the cabinet edict may be related to lobbying by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) who tied Mr. Nicholson in knots over C-560’s predecessor C-422, when he spoke to their meeting in Ireland a couple of years back. They are against it, due to loss of business, if the current adversarial dysfunction in Family Law is allowed to stop.  How many lobby groups are in existence where the Minister goes to their meetings and is also a member?

I won’t go into great detail on all the social science in existence world wide that shows why children do far better in a presumption of equal parenting after divorce but I will provide a link to Gene Colman, LLB, a founding member of Lawyers For Shared Parenting, who has consolidated it on one page. One document in particular is titled Myths versus Facts Regarding Bill C-560 – from Lawyers for Shared Parenting, Leading Women for Shared Parenting and Canadian Equal Parenting Council. It will provide answers that are raised by those who oppose C-560, and this includes Feminists and the CBA.

The link to Mr. Colman’s page. http://www.complexfamilylaw.com/Family-Law-Practice-Areas/Colmans-Bill-C-560.shtml.

A key point of Bill C560 is to define “best interests of the child” as keeping both parents unless one is proven unfit. No one will disagree that having both fit and loving parents in the lives of their children after Divorce is in their best interests.

If the CPC does not support the bill, I as a member of your base want you to know, I will not vote for you, not support any CPC candidate, not renew my party membership, nor make any donations, and given Mr. Harper appears to not like the bill I will become a critic of his management of family social issues.  Already my earlier blog post of today linking Harper or MacKay along with C-560 leads to a published article, very much like this one.  My MP in Sault Ste. Marie has yet to get back to me on whether he supports the Bill despite writing to him earlier in February and Sunday.  His name too is linked to the same commentary on my blog which is read by thousands of people over the course of a year. His election in Sault Ste. Marie in 2011, a left leaning town, was fortuitous and with volunteers like me working on newspaper comment boards, social media, and word of mouth we put him over the top.

The CPC ought not be afraid of this bill as at least 80% of Canadians support it across all party lines. It would appear many politicians are not in sync with your constituents.


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