In October of 2002, our Government was once again provided with the opportunity to do the right thing for Canadian children, when a Member of Parliament from Prince George, British Columbia, the Honourable Jay Hill, introduced a Private Members Bill, Bill C-245, that would have reformed the Divorce Act so that the mandate would be shared parenting of children amongst separated parents.
Upon introducing Bill C-245 before the House Of Commons, Mr. Hill stated, “Shared parenting should not be awarded only under special circumstances, but it should be granted under all circumstances, except in cases of proof of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, or if it is not in the best interests of the child. Child custody remains an important issue to many Canadians. This bill aims to force change in an area the government continues to ignore.”
And ignore it they did! Once again, the Canadian Government failed the Children and their families, by refusing to pass Bill C-245 into law. Just like the For The Sake Of The Children recommendations, Bill C-245 was ignored, and continues to sit there collecting dust, while our children continue to suffer under the current, broken, failing system.
For more information on Bill C-245, please visit the Jay Hill Page on this website, or click on the following links to view media releases regarding Minister Hill’s Bill, Bill C-245, introduced before Parliament in 2002.
Media Release 1 and Media Release 2