Today, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the tabling of legislation that will strengthen Canadian laws to prevent barbaric cultural practices from happening on Canadian soil.
The Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act sends a clear message to individuals coming to this country that harmful and violent cultural practices are unacceptable in Canada. These practices are incompatible with Canadian values and will not be tolerated.
The Harper government is bracing for international backlash to its proposed new law that would ban people in polygamous and forced marriages from immigrating to Canada, The Canadian Press has learned.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the legislation Wednesday, calling such practices "incompatible with Canadian values."
The Conservative government promised in its 2013 throne speech to take steps on forced marriages and so-called honour killings.
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A man and woman who practise polygamy in Utah says they are disappointed in a court ruling in B.C. that upheld Canada's ban on polygamy.
Conservatives propose increasing legal marriage age to 16, say it will keep 'barbaric cultural practices' out of Canada
The government is proposing to set 16 as the national age of marriage in legislation introduced in the House of Commons on Wednesday that it says will help keep "barbaric cultural practices" out of Canada.
The bill tabled by Chris Alexander, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, targets early forced marriages as well as polygamy, which the legislation would make grounds for deportation.
The Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act would make it a criminal offence to participate in or officiate at the marriage of an underage child. Removing a child from Canada for the purposes of forced marriage would also be criminalized.
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B.C. Supreme Court has upheld Canada's polygamy laws, but said minors who end up in polygamous marriages should be exempt from prosecution.