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November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  Well, the argument of orientation was brought up in B.C. in relation to polygamy. This was their orientation. It was a part of the argument—not a major part, but it was part of the argument. This was their orientation, having several wives and that type of lifestyle. On pedophi

November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  Those are customs that Canadians have developed. We don't need a law for everything we do. The custom where Canadians feel comfortable having male washrooms and female washrooms, and that people don't go in the other washroom.... It is a Canadian custom. Mind you, people would

November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  That would definitely occur if they conflict with parental rights. For example, it's happening in California, I believe. There is an effort to prohibit the counselling of certain GLBT designations to exit those categories and to become what they would think would be more comforta

November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  It has everything to do with—

November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  —our concerns about pedophilia.

November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  Thank you. I can continue, and you can consult our newsletter, if you're interested in—

November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  Yes, I'll continue. Thank you very much. The conference themes were that: Pedophiles are “unfairly stigmatized and demonized” by society “Children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with an adult An adult's desire to have sex with children is “normative” —a

November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  I'd like to respond to some of the other statements you made. About the pedophilia, unfortunately, the definitions put forward in the Yogyakarta Principles,which are being brought forward consistently and globally, are often so open that they could apply to anyone having any sex

November 27th, 2012
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Justice committee  Yes, thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you for inviting us before this committee. REAL Women of Canada was federally incorporated in 1983 and is a non-denominational, non-partisan organization of women from all walks of life. We respond to the evidence that the family, consisting

November 3rd, 2011
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Finance committee  We believe it's very good that children be cared for properly. But what's happened in Quebec is the professionals and the higher salaried two-parent families are accessing the system and they could very well provide for the child care needs themselves. It's the lower-income famil

November 3rd, 2011
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Finance committee  When we talk about choice, we're talking about funding the parent, so that the parent has choice to either care for their children themselves, put them into institutional government care, or have them cared for by a family member, a neighbour, or a small community day care. This

November 3rd, 2011
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Finance committee  Our position in terms of funding organizations--and the aboriginal groups get millions of dollars in funding--is that we recommend the government monitor results. Is this leading to an improvement or is this worsening the situation? Because there's very little monitoring--

November 3rd, 2011
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Finance committee  We believe that funding should be given fairly. But we do recognize the uniqueness of the traditional family.

November 3rd, 2011
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Finance committee  Well, we believe in fairness, but we do recognize the uniqueness of traditional marriage—mother, father, and children. The lesbian relationship is a relatively new unit in society, and we are very interested in following the social sciences, which will tell us more about these un

November 3rd, 2011
Committee meeting

Diane Watts

Finance committee  It's unfortunate that in the last few decades there has been little consideration of the family unit. We've moved away from the family unit and we've pitted women against men. I think we need to return to looking at the reality of society and what the family contributes. It's dif