'Barbaric cultural practices' bill all about politics, Elizabeth May says - 2015-03-13
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is striking out at the government over its "zero tolerance for barbaric cultural practices" legislation, saying the proposed bill makes few real changes to the law and is more of a "bumper sticker" designed to rally Conservative base supporters.
The government has called the proposed law the "Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act." It would make it illegal for anyone under 16 to get married. It would also explicitly require consent for marriage, block anyone in a polygamist relationship from immigrating to Canada and allow for a peace bond to prevent someone from participating in forced or child marriage.
The law would also make it illegal for someone to remove a child or non-consenting adult from Canada to have that person married.