I was interviewed by Gary Doyle of Kitchener, Ontario, this morning. Even though time is short on any interview, I know the seed of knowledge about the travesty of the practice of polygamy in Canada is planted and the general population are becoming aware of this heinous practice not only in Canada but in North America where we so proudly wave our flags of rights and freedoms. The media are doing a terrific job of educating the public.
If you go to http://www.570news.com/shows/gary-doyle-show you will find the Gary Doyle show and also the link to www.petitiononline.com/bgc2003/petition.html run by B.G. Chisholm. I do not know Mr. Chisholm. I have heard of the petition before and this is the first I have signed it hoping to garner more signatures through this campaign. Two women of the campaign to Stop Polygamy in Canada ran a petition in Edmonton and garnered over 2,000 signatures which they mailed to federal authorities.
Mr. Doyle wanted me to answer the question re why has polygamy gone on so long in Canada? That is the million dollar question that everyone would like answered. For years the letters I’ve received from Government officials have pointed fingers at one another. When B.C. Attorney General Michael de Jong and Canadian Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson came out on the same page last week, it was a first in Canadian history.
So, if anyone out there is writing a history of this event, make note. We are again on our way to weighing the constitutionality question of the polygamy law in our courts. The world is watching Canada. We are the only first-world nation to have all of our legal ducks in a row to fight the issue of the practice of polygamy. We have not allowed Sharia law into any of our marriage statutes. Our Charter and Internationally ratified Conventions protect the rights of women and children.
WE CANNOT ALLOW RELIGIOUS LAW TO TRUMP CIVIL LAW IN CANADA. The argument that practicing polygamy is the practitioner’s “religious right” stands on quicksand when measured against our statutes, charter rights and international ratified conventions.
I realize that as a social activist, I am at the lowest rung of this ladder that has too many steps. Without all of you out there and the hard work that you do, there would be no campaign. My humble thanks.