Family Coalition Party, leader's response:
July 8, 2001
The recent case in Aylmer, where the CAS (Children's Aid Society - Family
and Children's Services, St. Thomas and Elgin County) took away seven
children from their loving (Christian) parents, is similar to last year's
case in Ottawa, where nine children were placed with seven sets of foster
parents, only to discover, months later, that their (Christian) home was the
best place for them to be, and after their two year old toddler had been
abused by a foster parent.
These cases emerge as more and more regional offices of the CAS realize that
they have the legal power, thanks to the Ontario Law (Bill 6) passed early
last year, to interfere with families not only in cases of abuse and
perceived abuse, but whenever the CAS thinks there might be a problem. In
the Ottawa case, in their opinion, the Mielke's house was "too dirty". It
was then up to the parents to demonstrate their "innocence". It took them
half a year and several thousand dollars to do that.
The Aylmer case was widely reported by the media as a "spanking" problem.
However, it was soon discovered that the parents did not spank their
children and there was no indication of any spanking or abuse. So, why were
One "justification" was that the father could not promise not to use
spanking in the future, although he had never done it yet. Spanking, as
they quote from the Bible, could include a rod, or a switch.
Whether you agree with spanking or not, the fact is that the CAS has the
power of breaking a family apart if the opinions (not the actions) of the
parents are not politically correct. Never mind that we have a Law,
Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which says that parents and
guardians are "justified in using force" as long as it "doesn't exceed what
is reasonable under the circumstances." Never mind that the law was upheld
by the Ontario Superior Court. The CAS thinks that parents should not even
contemplate spanking, and in Ontario they have the exceptional power to
force their opinion on Christian families.
I wonder whether the people involved in passing and enforcing the Ontario
Bill 6 are the same people who criticize Christians for the Inquisition.
Leader, Ontario Coalition
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