Canadian Government To Place Ban On Polygamous & Forced Marriages

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As recently reported in by CTV News – The Conservative government has announced new legislation aimed at eliminating polygamous and forced marriages from Canada’s immigration stream.

Canada’s Proposed Ban on Polygamous & Forced Marriages

Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, stated “that the government will ban people who have taken part in practices that are “incompatible with Canadian values” “ The bill is expected to pass with full support from the majority Conservative caucus in Ottawa.

“Polygamists are not welcome in this country,” said Alexander. “If and when we find them in our immigration stream, they will be removed. We will be saying to newcomers: we will not tolerate human rights violations, crimes that in the past people have tried to defend as cultural traditions,”

Minister Alexander outlined the government’s position alongside Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch in Toronto. Alexander said that the bill would eliminate premature and forced marriages from Canada’s immigration system and the country as a whole.

A Zero Tolerance Approach Towards Polygamy

Under the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, temporary and permanent residents who practice polygamy in Canada could be found inadmissible, even without a criminal conviction. They could also be removed from the country.

“The intention (of the bill) is very clear,” said Alexander. “We will be enhancing the ability of the immigration system to detect and then to act on cases of polygamy. There are many cases — at least hundreds across the country, maybe even more — of people who have come here with multiple wives without that fact being confirmed in the immigration system and without anything having been done about it, even when it’s detected later. We will give ourselves the tools to act. Polygamists are not welcome in this country and, if and when they are found in our immigration system, they will be removed from this country.”

We will report more on this and other related immigration stories as the information becomes available.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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