Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Liberal MP Michael Ignatieff on Equal Parenting


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. In 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."

Posted by Matthew Johnston on September 23, 2008 in Canadian Politics | Permalink


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