Several Blogging Tories have disclosed the alarming news that somehow slipped by all of us: Polygamy has been allowed limited status in Canada. (H/T to Dust My Broom, SpiderMan's Web, RootleWeb, At Home in Hespeler, and many others.)
According to Sun Media, documents released "through access to information show polygamous marriages have been recognized "for limited purposes" to enforce financial obligations of husbands with multiple wives."
I am having trouble understanding just who decreed that this would be so, but evidence does point to some decisions "where provinces have recognized them (polygamous marriages) for marital property division, spousal support and potentially for public law benefits and burdens."
The interesting thing is that this is all coming out under access to information requests. Why was this kept so quiet?
During the federal election this past January, a study for the Justice Department was somehow leaked. It suggested that Canada should "get rid of its law banning polygamy and change other legislation to help women and children living in such multiple-spouse relationships."
There was a great outcry, and we naively thought that was the end of it.
O.K. Jancis M. Andrews. Where are you when I need you?