Is Polygamy not already illegal in Canada? Why are charges being dropped against this Mormon pig in Bountiful? My opposition to polygamy is not on moral grounds, although when the women are not allowed to leave, then it becomes slavery. As I understand it, that happens quite often. The reason that I believe Polygamy should not be protected by the charter of rights and freedoms can be best explained by the mathematician in me.
This is not a focus on the family breakdown. If it becomes legal, then what stops it from seeping into the mainstream? What if professional athletes were allowed to marry as many women as wanted to marry them? There are lots of women who would willfully enter into such an agreement for marital access to the athlete and all his "resources". The Libertarian in me wonders, if both people really want it, why not allow it? Because if you allow the men at the top to cluster large numbers of women, that reduces the number of women available to the rest of the male population. It slowly becomes more and more difficult for males to settle into pair bonding, increasing the number of young males full of piss and vinegar without an outlet to release their "steam". Large numbers of young single males can be very dangerous in a society.
This is why Polygamy should be illegal. Don't let the case hinge on whether or not he married a girl under age, if he has multiple wives that alone should warrant a prison sentence. End of story. If it is not already a law, it should be. Let's get federal Parliament to do this when they back together again. If the Supreme Court says the law violates the Charter of Rights, then invoke the damned notwithstanding clause! Polygamy should be illegal. How much do you want to bet that when male children of these Mormon brigades hit puberty, they are either shunned out of town or segregated from the female population?
The Harper Government should put this legislation to parliament at the nearest opportunity. That would help boost his popularity in British Columbia, where he has a pending problem with enticing Campbell to envoke the HST. I would love to see the Liberals vote in favour of Polygamy, but Ignatieff can't be that stupid.