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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Fathers 4 Justice: Michael Ignatieff supports equal parenting, but will he act?
Kris Titus with Fathers 4 Justice is calling on Liberal MP Michael Ignatieff to clarify his position on amending the Divorce Act to include a presumption of equal parenting.
In The Rights Revolution, Michael Ignatieff, in response to a 1998 parliamentary committee, wrote:
"These groups demanded that the ‘custody and access’ regime created by the Divorce Act of 1985 be replaced with a 'shared parent' regime in which both parents are given equal rights to bring up their children. These are sensible and overdue suggestions, and the fact they are being made shows that men and women are struggling to correct the rights revolution, so that equality works for everyone... In facing up to these issues, liberals also need to face up to their responsibilities."
Titus wonders how Ignatieff will reconcile the latest Liberal policy platform and proposed changes to the Divorce Act with his personal beliefs on equal parenting. After a quick search of the Liberal platform, I found only one reference to divorce:
We will also propose amendments to the federal Divorce Act, to include consideration of family violence in determining custody and access.
According to Titus, Ignatieff has faced his own personal battle with custody and access issues:
"For those who don't know, Mr. Ignatieff spent thousands of dollars on lawyers trying to gain a few extra hours access to his child after his divorce," says Titus. "There really are few people who have remained untouched by the devastation of divorce and family break down."
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It is important to Liberal (and Democrat) leaders to maintain a staunch ant-father approach in order to effect the breakdown of the family and maximize dependence on government. Such leaders typically receive an exemption from being discriminated against as a father in exchange for destroying the lives of thousands or millions of other fathers and children, thus allowing maximum intrusion into and control over private lives, along with the predictable delinquency and government dependence that in turn grows the party base.
Once the last remnants of fatherhood are extinct, motherhood will be next. After all, it takes a village run by government, not a family. Family is the enemy of government expansion and control over the lives of the masses.
Whether you want government control over health care or not, one should decide whether they believe government makes the best parent, particularly in light of the special interest groups that control family law. If you believe government knows best, then do nothing, you'll soon have your way. But if you believe family matters, then you really ought to take some action to preserve it.
Posted by: DcFather | 2008-09-24 7:03:29 AM
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