11 Recommendations of the Status of Women Council Quebec

Hello Blog Readers,

It is always a boost when a campaign member goes the extra mile and makes my job a little easier. Following are the 11 recommendations of the Status of Women Council Quebec which a campaign member copied into a separate document and sent to me.

I was also honoured to receive a package containing a letter from Madame Pelchat, a copy of the report, and the booklet containing the opinion summary which has the long-form explanations after each recommendation.

Thank you to all, sincerely,

Nancy Mereska, President
Stop Polygamy in Canada

Conseil du statut de la femme (Status of Women Quebec)

15. Accordingly, after taking into account the three dimensions of law, immigration and
society, the. Conseil set forth the following 11 recommendations in its opinion on polygamy:

1. . The 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.
2. Intervention policies must be developed to strengthen and focus state action against polygamy.
3. Existing laws against the delegation of family law to religious authorities must be maintained and strengthened.
4. Canada, and Quebec especially, must deny admission to any immigrant who is engaged in a polygamous marriage, in order to avoid increasing the number of polygamous families living here.
5. Strengthen the rule by which citizenship obtained through misrepresentation regarding polygamy can be revoked, to cut down on fraud.
6. Exercise greater vigilance toward private confessional schools of all origins to ensure the following three indispensable conditions:
a) that the curriculum taught in such schools complies fully with the requirements of the Ministere de I’Education; .
b) that girls receive a complete education, identical to that of boys, so they can have access to all professions;
c) that there be no promotion of polygamy, or any content of a misogynist or racist character in religious or other instruction. Ultimately, subsidies must cease to schools that in any way promote polygamy and inequality between the sexes.
7. Adequate training should be provided to social workers in communities from polygamous societies, to help them recognize and understand the social implications of polygamy and protect the rights of women and children.

8. The rights of women and children should be actively promoted among new immigrants and in communities where polygamy is accepted, to ‘prevent any increase of polygamous marriages here.
9. Existing programs should be bolstered with provisions to protect women and children in polygamous families, including measures specifically adapted to their needs.
10. Support must be given to women and girls wishing to escape polygamous situations.
11. Finally, in view of the complexity of the issues surrounding polygamy, studies should be funded on polygamous and formerly polygamous women, to create a better understanding of their needs and realities. In the same vein, issue tables should be created for discussions with people in civil society, including the women, affected by polygamy, with the goal of stopping and eliminating this practice out of respect for the rights of women and children.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by michaela on December 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    i followed every step of the way with much hope and..thank you Canada for not creating a paradise for male chauvinist selfish sick pedophiles
    Thank you for all your work as a woman that knows pain
    i truly truly thank you with all my heart with love respect and care
    thank you for being out watch dog and our strength


    • Posted by st0pp0lygamy on December 16, 2010 at 12:19 am


      You wrote a second comment. It is very hard to follow your thread of thought with all the typos. If you rewrite it and resend it, I’ll post it.


  2. Among Indians this is sometimes called the Rez phenomenon. Since life is easier on the Reservations, those who lived there tended to be doing less well in every aspect of their lives than those who had found education and work elsewhere. This has somewhat changed because of the Casino money. We need to take care that we do not create a police state that will effect the whole of society because the FLDS have some deep issues. There is a clause in the bill which would allow the arrest of Muslim Men followed by a Guantanimo Bay situation. This could create a very evil situation and have much less and probably very little effect on Mormon Polygamy and abuses and crimes in the name of it.


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