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A Degraded Justice: Ontario’s Bill 117 A License to Perjury Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Social Policy

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since it creates a hostile environment for men who come to believe that they have no where to turn once an allegation is made. Once that hostile environment is established, men come to feel hopeless because justice is a closed door for them. This leads to a rise in suicide rates for men, but it also leads to a higher rate of murder suicide.

Is Ontario planning on also implementing a polygraph program that will test the allegations of the accuser when no corroborating evidence exists to substantiate her claims. What will this province do to determine whether these claims are valid, before they implement the evictions and automatic child custody rights that their Bill 117 envisions? It is far more likely that the presumption all women tell the truth will be implemented as it has been in other provinces. So the earth quake arising when one gender is denied justice and the other gender is given a license for perjury, will occur in Ontario as it has in other jurisdictions.

May I thank the Committee for its attention to this submission, and offer you my prayers that the Honourable Members will find the courage and the wisdom to make good law out of Bill 117, before it is implemented.

____________________ Louise Malenfant Family Advocate, Parents Helping Parents Edmonton, Alberta

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