Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I am going to follow up on my colleague’s comments. For me, if the child is represented, it will not complicate the situation, it will help it.
Ms. Wolff, in your last sentence, you said that there could be a third party whose role would be to make sure that the rights of children are respected and that their point of view is considered.
For me, that establishes a link with Ms. Irvine’s presentation. In the current system, it is particularly difficult, if not impossible, for children to make themselves understood in a legal environment that is completely foreign to them.
Bill C-78 puts the interest of the child at the centre of everything, but Ms. Irvine and other criminal lawyers and counsel have pointed out the importance of considering the interests of children and listening to their point of view. They also believe that they should be represented by a third party, just as the two parents are.
Ms. Wolff, you raised the legal issue by saying that children should be represented by their own counsel in order to get away from the two-party nature of divorce. You also raised another important point, that we should ensure that children living through the divorce of their parents have access to medical and psychological care, especially in cases of spousal violence.
Could you tell me about those two aspects, that is, children having their own lawyers, and access to medical and psychological care in order to face up to the consequences of the divorce?