Canada moves closer to tightening ban on polygamy – usual suspects complain

This week Canada’s Conservative government moved ever closer to enacting a tough new law designed to stop child-marriages, polygamy, and forced marriages from being brought here through immigration. But most of the bill’s contents would also make it far harder for native-born Canadians to practice polygamy.

The Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Practices Act, which has already been passed in the House of Commons and is now in committee in the Senate, also removes any possibility that the “honour culture” prevailing in many Middle Eastern countries could be used to mitigate murder charges.

But both opposition senators and advocates for the immigrant community have challenged the bill, which makes changes to several existing laws including the Criminal Code, Immigration and Refugee Act, and Civil Marriage Act, as unnecessary, counter-productive, and even racist.

Independent Sen. Art Eggleton challenged the bill’s sponsor, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, during committee hearings this week to explain why existing Criminal Code provisions against honour killing and polygamy were insufficient. Alexander responded: because both are still happening.

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  • winniec

    Cousin marriage should be stopped because it traps the woman and usually cousin marriage occur when the female is a child.

  • steel

    The leggo box is hilarious.

  • marty_p

    Rumour has it Toronto Community Housing has several polygamist marriages where there is a wife and “a sister” or “an aunt” sharing the apartment with the family. And of course, everybody on welfare. I can only assume that Peel Region (Pakisauga and Bramladesh) have the same situation.
    Ten bucks says no level of government is going to open that Pandora’s box.