For Immediate Release - August 18, 2009 OTTAWA – MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) applauded Justice Minister Rob Nicholson for his affirmation of the best interests of children at the annual meeting of the Canadian Bar Association, being held this week in Dublin, Ireland. Minister Nicholson was responding to a question about Vellacott’s Private Member’s Bill (C-422), which would amend the Divorce Act to implement equal shared parenting. According to news reports, the Minister said: "I believe, and I think most people who have been involved in family law or studied this, that the best interests of the child are always paramount ... and should be."
Note: Click here to listen to a one minute speech by Vellacott in support of this bill. For Immediate Release - June 17, 2009 OTTAWA – Yesterday MP Maurice Vellacott introduced a Private Member’s Bill – C-422 – that would amend the Divorce Act to instruct judges to apply the principle of equal shared parenting unless it is established that the best interests of the child would be substantially enhanced by allocating parental responsibility other than equally.