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e-4517 (Justice)

Initiated by Julie Rioux from Stittsville, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • There is urgency regarding Canada’s epidemic of violence against women and children in the context of family child custody cases; and
  • There is abuse of the term “parental alienation” and similar pseudo-concepts.
We, the undersigned, Canadian women and their supporters who have experienced domestic violence and the injustices of our family court system, call upon the Government of Canada to 1. Acknowledge the injustice and human rights violations currently facilitated by Canada’s family court system, recognizing that the court itself is complicit in continued abuse of women and children;
2. Enact legislative changes addressing the use of parental alienation and associated pseudo-concepts, so that our justice system can begin protecting women and children without waiting for a slow change in case law precedent;
3. Enact legislative changes to prohibit reunification therapy and its associated concepts; and
4. Further commit to addressing the other recommendations in the UN Special Rapporteur’s report.
Open for signature
August 11, 2023, at 8:56 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 9, 2023, at 8:56 a.m. (EDT)
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Oakville North—Burlington
Liberal Caucus