(Canada) Vellacott celebrates National Child Day with announcement of Equal Parenting bill
Private Member's BILL proposed that would amend the Divorce Act to direct judges to demonstrate a presumption of equal, shared parenting in cases of marital breakdown where children are involved.
For Immediate Release
20 November 2008
Vellacott celebrates National Child Day with announcement of Equal Parenting bill
Ottawa - Today is National Child Day. It is a great day to be talking about the best interests of children, says Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin). My next initiative in an 11-year political history of fighting for Canada's children is a bill to require a presumption of equal, shared parenting in child custody decisions.
In the last Parliament, Vellacott introduced M-483, a Private Member's MOTION advocating equal, shared parenting. In this parliament, he is preparing to introduce a Private Member's BILL that would amend the Divorce Act to direct judges to demonstrate a presumption of equal, shared parenting in cases of marital breakdown where children are involved. Exceptions will exist for cases of abuse and neglect.
The overwhelming testimony from the best research is that children's interests are best served when they are raised by both parents, said Vellacott.
In cases of marital breakdown, this must be facilitated with greater emphasis being given to equal, shared parenting by Canadian courts when they decide on custodial and access questions, he added.
A 1998 Canadian Special Joint House-Senate Committee on Child Custody and Access produced a report entitled For The Sake of the Children. This report had important recommendations on equal, shared parenting. This year is the 10th anniversary of the release of that Report.
Up to now, governments have failed to implement the important child-friendly recommendations from this report. Vellacott gives special recognition to the 10th anniversary by stating his intent to introduce a Private Members Bill to implement equal, shared parenting provisions in federal law.
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Maurice Vellacott, MP
Maurice Vellacott - Parliamentary Webpage
NB. Jeremy Swanson notes:
For anyone confused in any way between this announcement and the previous April 11th initiative by Mr Vellacott with the introduction of his Equal Parenting Motion, please note the following: "In the Canadian House of Commons a bill, if passed by the House and the Senate, actually becomes law. A motion simply expresses the will of Parliament, and if passed, is something the Government should feel obligated to turn into legislation since it expresses the will of Parliament" (Courtesy of the parliamentary office of Maurice Vellacott.)
Via Jeremy Swanson, Fathers and Men's Rights Activist (Ottawa, Ontario), Phone: (613) 237-1320 ext 2438.