Date: Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 4:32 PM
Subject: I asked the computer, ‘Is polygamy legal in Canada?’
To: premier <premier@gov.bc.ca>, Darryl <Darryl.Plecas.MLA@leg.bc.ca>, “Gibson.MLA, Simon” <simon.gibson.mla@leg.bc.ca>, “deJong.MLA, Mike” <Mike.deJong.MLA@leg.bc.ca>, Rich Coleman <rich.coleman.mla@leg.bc.ca>

Here’s the answer from Wikipedia:

Canada: All forms of polygamy, and some informal multiple sexual relationships, are illegal under section 293 of the Criminal Code.[43] Bigamy is banned by section 290.[44] However, for a long time, the law banning polygamy has not been efficient. As of January 2009, no person had been successfully prosecuted, i.e. convicted, in over sixty years.[42] In 2009, two acquittals on polygamy charges, arising out of the town of Bountiful, British Columbia, prompted the government of British Columbia to pose a reference question to the Supreme Court of British Columbia (i.e., the superior trial court). The reference questions asked if criminalisation of polygamy was consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and, if so, under what circumstances could people be legally punished for polygamy.[45]

In November 2011 the court released its 335 page long decision, which was that the criminal offence of polygamy is indeed constitutional, but that it should not be used to prosecute minors for having taken part of a polygamous marriage.[46] Chief Justice Robert Bauman conceded that there is a conflict between this law and some civil right principles, but stated that there are other and “more important” issues which in this case take precedence. He wrote (as quoted by CBC news[46]):

I have concluded that this case is essentially about harm. More specifically, Parliament’s reasoned apprehension of harm arising out of the practice of polygamy. This includes harm to women, to children, to society and to the institution of monogamous marriage.

Bauman argued that there are cases where the “wives” (who may be rather young; sometimes as young as 12 years) are abducted and abused, but because they believe in a faith promoting polygamy, they are not willing to bring complaints to the authorities. He reasons that these offences sometimes may be stopped by applying anti-polygamy legislation.

The decision was welcomed by the Attorney General of British Columbia, and by a representative for the group Stop Polygamy in Canada. Likewise, according to the CBC news,[46] some polyamorous groups in Canada expressed their relief, since Bauman had stated that the law shouldn’t apply to them unless they decide to formalize their unions.

Women’s rights were central to decision.[46]

So then it’s illegal in Canada,……right?  Well then why does Winston Blackmore have something like 27 wives and 135, or so, children?

And why is Daphne Bramham such a lonely voice about the horrid prisons of mental and physical cruelty inflicted on women and children, right here in beautiful BC.  Bountiful, a community that receives large dollops of BC tax dollars to fund schools that teach pretty much nothing but indoctrination to obey ‘the prophet’ and ‘keep sweet’?  Where ‘sister-wives’ collect welfare payments that go into ‘husband’s’ hands to be dolled out, as he deems fit,….. and according to her worthiness.  Bountiful, a place where young, handsome boys who present a threat to older men, can suffer ex-communication from home and family, such as it is.

It’s illegal not to pay your taxes in BC, but see how swiftly and efficiently your government can force you into compliance. But in Bountiful, and other polygamist enclaves, decades come and go while teenage girls continue to be given to men as old as their fathers and grandfathers,……powerless to know the freedom we believe exists, and is the right of everyone in this democratic land of ours.

Daphne Bramham’s book, The Secret Lives OF SAINTS’, is a window into the perverted, twisted and ugly world of Mormon polygamists. Maybe you can read it and add your efforts to hers in defence of Canadian law, and hurting humanity in a place called ‘Bountiful’.

Gerda

The smug, powerful polygamist, Winston Blackmore.

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