(Note: Jancis Andrews is the official representative for Stop Polygamy in Canada Society B.C. division)
Dear Honourable Minister,
Thousands of British Columbians, as well as other concerned Canadians, are encouraged by your decision to investigate Bountiful for the alleged trafficking of underage girls in to and out of the USA. We hope that this is merely a first step towards cleaning up the horrendous lawlessness that has been allowed to fester for years in that infamous polygamous cult.
Canadians (especially female Canadians) urgently want to be reassured that polygamy remains a crime in this country. On 23 November 2011 Chief Justice Robert Bauman ruled in BC Supreme Court that polygamy is indeed a crime that harms all society, particularly women and children, and that S. 293 CC, proscribing polygamy, is constitutional.
Given that sections 15 and 28 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee equality to women, and given that Canada has ratified the Protocols on several UN documents pertaining to women’s equality rights, including the right to be free of the ancient patriarchal practice of polygamy, it is unthinkable that a prosecution under S. 293 CC will not take place.
Canadians need certainty. Canadians are entitled to be reassured that concubines and harems will never be allowed in Canada.
We trust that charges under S. 293 CC will be laid soon.
Yours very truly,
Jancis M. Andrews