The BC Supreme Court upheld the prohibition against polygamy to prevent harm against women and children. The ruling gives high priority to children’s right to protection from harm. It reinforces the positive obligations of the state to prevent violations of children’s rights. And it establishes a strong link between children’s rights under the Charter and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The ruling gave significant weight to the evidence and arguments put forward by the CCRC/David Asper Center during the hearing. It strengthens recognition of children’s rights in Canadian jurisprudence. For detailed statement: Statement on Polygamy Ruling