Canadians support polygamy prosecutions
Only 18 per cent of those surveyed believe practice is protected under Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Most Canadians believe Bountiful residents should face prosecution for polygamy and that their leaders, Winston Blackmore and James Oler, should go on trial, according to a new Angus Reid poll.
The online poll found 64 per cent, or almost two-thirds, of the 1,001 Canadians surveyed believed polygamy -- being legally married to more than one person at a time -- was a criminal offence and residents of Bountiful should face the law.
About 53 per cent of those surveyed also said they believe the government should pursue a case against Blackmore and Oler, who were charged with polygamy earlier this year, while 23 per cent thought the case should be abandoned.
The online survey comes just weeks after the B.C. Supreme Court in September quashed the case against the two men, saying it disagreed with the way the issue was handled by former B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal.
The B.C. government has since asked the B.C. Supreme Court to rule on whether Canada's anti-polygamy law violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Blackmore has 19 wives, nine of whom were 18 or younger when they married. Oler is married to three women.B.C. residents were more vehement when it came to prosecuting those involved in polygamy, the survey said....
Our Canadian cousins are ahead of the curve on this, due in very large part to the work of Nancy Mereska of Stop Polygamy in Canada. Their journalists are much better educated to the most common abuses of the practice, worldwide.
For more, please visit the Vancouver Sun at: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Canadians+support+polygamy+prosecutions/2161358/story.html