Polygamy In Canada

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In today’s society, Canadian laws are very complex and aging. Our society is fast paced and ever changing, and our laws should be too. Canadian laws should meet the needs and the demands of its citizens. If the misuse of over the counter(OTC) medications are increasingly on the rise, then why is it still legal for them to be out in the open within homes? While on the other hand, consensual marriage between multiple parities; Polygamy, is illegal in Canada. Drugs are a major reoccurring issue that has been addressed time and time again, yet teen OTC drug abuse always seems to slip through the cracks. An overwhelming “60% of illicit drug users in Canada are between the age of 15 and 24.” (Statistics Canada, 2015). Even though this number is …show more content…
In section 293 of the Criminal Code, Polygamy is defined as “Every one who practises or enters into or in any manner agrees or consents to practise or enter into any form of polygamy, or any kind of conjugal union with more than one person at the same time, whether or not it is by law recognized as a binding form of marriage, or celebrates, assists or is a party to a rite, ceremony, contract or consent that purports to sanction a relationship mentioned.” (The Government of Canada, 1985). This law should be decriminalized based on the fact it goes against Section 2.B of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 2. B states that all citizens of Canada have the right to “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.” (The Government of Canada, 1982). If all parties involved have consented, then polygamy should be legal. It is simply a matter of one’s beliefs and expressions regarding love and the law should not oppress that. The Canadian Legal Information Institute dates back as far as 1953 and the majority of cases involving polygamy pertain to the subject itself and immigration. This law serves no benefit to Canadian citizens and actually goes against their Charter rights. Therefore, polygamy should be decriminalized in …show more content…
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