Dear Blog Readers,
Please find below the Affidavit of Madame Christiane Pelchat, lawyer, President and General Director of Status of Women Quebec. Madame Pelchat served in the Quebec National Assembly from 1985-1994 as the Member for the riding of Vachon.
In July 2009, the Status of Women Quebec commissioned an independent feminist researcher, Yolande Geadah, author of three books and several publications, “to prepare an opinion on polygamy and women’s rights.” Her report was completed in November 2010.
The Status of Women Quebec “after taking into account the three dimentions of law, immigration and society” made 11 recommendations regarding polygamy (pp. 5-6 of affidavit) And, on November 25, 2010, the National Assembly of Quebec adopted the following motion:
- That the National Assembly affirms that polygamy is not part of the fundamental values of Quebec society; and
- That it considers this practice to be contrary to the right to equality between women and men, and that it approves the position taken in this regard by the Conseil du statut de la femme (Status of Women Quebec)
This, by far, is the most remarkable event to happen in to happen in the course of the Reference (as it has come to be known) yet!
The first recommendation is that “(t)he criminalization of polygamy in Canada must be maintained, and governments must vigorously support the constitutionality of Section 293 of the Criminal Code before the courts.” Go to the affidavit and read for yourselves the recommendations set out by Status of Women Quebec that are now adopted by the Quebec National Assembly.
Oh, that other legislatures would be so diligent in the fight for equality of women’s rights.
Thank you, Status of Women Quebec and the Quebec National Assembly.
Nancy Mereska, President
Stop Polygamy in Canada