The polygamy battle goes on

By: Law is Cool · October 23, 2009 · Filed Under Civil Rights, Criminal Law · 3 Comments 

B.C. pops the question: Is polygamy a crime?

Dirk Meissner writes:

Canadians and the justice system need clarity on whether polygamy is a crime, British Columbia’s attorney general said Thursday in announcing he will ask the B.C. Supreme Court for an opinion on the federal law barring multiple marriage.

Mike de Jong said the government has decided to seek the opinion rather than appeal last month’s court ruling that quashed polygamy charges against the leaders of a controversial religious sect in southeastern B.C.

The feds will also intervene. Their position is that polygamy is a crime in this country.

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3 Responses to “The polygamy battle goes on”

  1. Toe on October 23rd, 2009 9:36 pm

    Polygamy WOULD be a crime if the genders were reversed. It’s only gotten this century’s traction because they aren’t. And if it is legal then let’s get Polyandry on the road toute suite. Imagine the fun competitive regattas between their wives and our husbands.

  2. Tomas on November 12th, 2009 9:08 am

    The genders are reversed. Saskatchewan courts allow Polyandry and have the test cases to prove it. In each case Rob Nicolson has refused to attend to support the ficticious Federal position that polygamy and polyandry are illegal in Canada. Therefore, polygamy is legal in Saskatchewan as is Polyandry. Obviously, Rob nicolson supports polygamy be refusing to attend 2 constitutional cases on the matter.

  3. Belinda on November 27th, 2009 4:18 pm

    Rob Nicolson AG said the following:
    “The practice of polygamy has no place in modern Canadian society. The Government of Canada firmly believes that the Criminal Code prohibition against polygamy is consistent with Canadian values as well as compliant with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We strongly believe that this prohibition created by Canada’s elected representatives should be upheld.”
    However, since Rob Nicolson has refused to attend two other provincial cases where Saskatchewan statutes do allow polygamy, they intervenors will be bound by his refusal to attend only BC’s prosecution. BC polygamists will point to his refusal to attend elsewhere in polygamy cases where religeous prosecution was not an issue. lam dunk for Polygamists..because Rob Nicolson has previously shown his bias in his actions or non-actions in Saskatchewan.

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