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

Is Prime Minister Steven Harper abandoning dads over PMB C-560

Sunday, May-25-14

Bryan Hayes, MP
369 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 1Z4                   via Fax 705-941-2903,  613-992-1954

Re. PMB C-560

Dear Bryan:

After doing a lot of volunteer work in the 2011 election for the CPC I am disappointed I had not heard back from you on my request for support to Maurice Vellacott’s PMB C-560 on equal/shared parenting sent in February 2014.  It comes up for second reading on May 27, 2014

Further to that I now hear via sources the PMO and Mr. Harper are telling cabinet members to vote against this very important bill. If so, they will join all of the NDP caucus who will vote against it and likely many Liberals.  This will do a great disservice to tens of thousands of children across Canada. I will not renew my membership in the CPC, volunteer in the 2015 election, or vote for the party if this occurs.  At one time the CPC touted itself as the party for families both economically and socially. On the CPC website you tout the economic assistance given but little social positive  activities (tax credits excluded), that would tremendously benefit children and, in the long term, reduce many social costs, including these families keeping more of their money instead of paying sky high legal fees. 

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 and drug use, 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.

I won’t go into great detail on all the social science 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.  I will email a copy of this with live links.

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 reiterate, 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 become a critic of his management of family social issues.  Your 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 you 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 our fellow citizens.

Please advise if you will support this bill.

Yours truly

Michael J. Murphy

CC PM S. Harper via fax  1-613-941-6900

Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice, via fax 1-613-992-2337

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