The Journey from Bountiful to Sundre

Dear Readers,

The following feature article by Sheila Pratt of the Edmonton Journal is about the labour camps near Sundre, Alberta, that were run by the FLDS.

http://www.canada.com/life/Polygamist+communities+sent+teens+work+long+hours/5454783/story.html

10 Comments
10 Comments
  1. Re: Polygamist communities sent teens to work long hours for low pay
    By Sheila Pratt, Postmedia News, sept.26, 2011

    Congratulations and thank you for posting this well-researched, thoughtful and extremely informative article about the exploitation of young people under polygamy. Curtailing education is a huge control mechanism — limiting the the youngsters’ ability to survive, let alone flourish in our larger society, away from the control of the elders. And the promises that never materialise — more control.
    What a tragedy!! And Heaven help us (since I am a Christian), more abuse in the name of so-called religion!!
    I would also like to see some focus on the finances of Winston Blackmore and other sect leaders: there are many questions about legal taxes, and required deductions for employees (such as income tax, EI and CPP), labour laws/working conditions…
    And how many of the heads of these multiple-families/elders are living on welfare and other payments?? — the Child Tax Credits alone must be massive!!

  2. Winston Blackmore’s tax evasion trial is scheduled for January 2012. Our fears are he’ll get away with all his alleged crimes re polygamy and be sent to prison for allegedly cheating the government. The irony of all this is horrible.

    Nancy

  3. Yes, it would be too bad if Winston Blackmore and the like get away with all of their alleged personal crimes and harm to so many, women, children, youngsters, and men. And it may be sadly ironic if he and others are imprisoned for allegedly cheating the government. But keep in mind that we are actually the ones being cheated, the ordinary taxpayers — and we are also the ones indirectly funding polygamy through welfare, child tax benefits and credits, health, education and welfare programs and benefits, and government loans, unpaid taxes, payroll deductions etc., as outlined in the Edmonton Journal article. That means we’re aiding and abetting the evils done under polygamy, and let’s expose and attack them any way possible.

  4. Prediction: When Chief Justice Robert Bauman hands down his decision, he will exempt “state” imposed polygamy from the Criminal Code S.293. What this means is that civilly married people will be permitted by law to to have simultaneous multiple spouses, as long as the other spouses are common law spouses. In this way, polygamists will have to stop having “celestial marriages” because Justice Robert Bauman will say that it is ONLY marital type “ceremonies” that involve an already civilly married person that is illegal. He will say if there is no “ceremony”, there will be legally recognized multiple same time spouses under the new BC Family Law legislation that is being introduced. In essence he will say that polygamy is really bigamy. After that, polygamists will charge that they are being discriminated against because of “religion” (because they have a ceremony) and since multiple spouses are legal for all others they demand equality. They will win that one too.

    • We’ll see if you are correct, Janet. So far, they seem to have gotten away with everything they “allegedly” do: incest, trafficking children for sex, abandoning young boys, forced marriage, child sexual abuse, slave labour. You name it. The list is longer and longer and we wait and wait.

  5. Speculation and rumor has it that Chief Justice Bauman will not render his findings until BC passes it’s new fall family law legislation that permits simultaneous multiple spouses, unless they are multiple civil marriages. That way polygamists can claim that their multiple conjugal relationships are well within the protection of the BC family law act and therefore not subject to criminal prosecution because having multiple “marital relationships” is recognized and protected under provincial jurisdiction. The federal Attorney General has already stated that he can do nothing about that situation as family law is a provincial jurisdiction and he can only regulate civil marriages. Polygamists only civilly marry one spouse, if any. The root cause of the evils you mention stem from polygamy itself. But, the governments of Canada will say that multiple spouses will be protected and recognized in provincial family law legislation. Whereas it would be simple now to stop the evils, via enforcement of the current criminal code, it will be next to impossible once polygamy is recognized and legalized in each provinces family law acts. It sounds a lot like they have won. Again.

  6. http://www.globalnews.ca/pages/story.aspx?id=6442498733
    In this taped interview Winston Blackmore states ” I don’t even have one legal marriage”. He means he has no civil marriage. The Justice Minister Of Canada and several provincial justice ministers have also said that polygamy only applies to multiple civil marriages and that even people who are civilly married to another person can have multiple “common law spouses” at the same time. Obviously, Winston Blackmore, some Muslim multiple spouse practitioners and others will use BC family law as the backdrop to be protected from criminal charges of polygamy. The only way he and others could be charged is if the BC prosecutors go with the criminal code law as it is written today and was written when and if the polygamy offenses occurred. Blackmore couldn’t be charged with underage marriage because a civil marriage did not occur. Polygamy laws in BC are a dead duck as soon as BC introduces its new Family Law legislation. That doesn’t mean people can’t be charged with other crimes, just not polygamy.

    • This new BC Family Law legislation is beginning to haunt me! Is there nothing anyone can do to stop men from brainwashing women into wrapping their “marriages” around their “salvation”; and, collecting as many concubines as they want? What about stopping the legislation?

  7. The legislation is already submitted as I understand it. It is unlikely they will redo it.
    They just will introduce it and pass it, shortly. It might work if enough people messaged Christy Clark (Premier of BC) and demanded that the new family law legislation specifically note that recognition of additional marital- like (equal to civil marriage) status for common law marriages under BC family law must NOT be given to persons who are already married. The polyamorists aren’t looking for “legal recognition of multiple spouses”, but the polygamists are.That way polygamists cannot claim they were “simply common law marriages” and can’t be prosecuted. These common law marriages shouldn’t be recognized, unless all “spouses” are divorced and eligible to marry under civil law. If enough people sent letters to the premier.. MAYBE it could be stopped. I doubt it.

  8. I really need to take a look at the proposed bill before I comment any further.

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