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It is getting bizarre in Canada
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, June 18, 2008

First we have "hate speech" taking precedence over free speech. And now we have at least one court deciding that it has the right to overrule a father's discipline:
An appeal will be filed in a Montreal court after a Quebec judge overruled a father who grounded his 12-year-old daughter for dangerous Internet use.
The lawyer for the father, who can't be identified to protect the girl, told The Gazette newspaper that Justice Suzanne Tessier overstepped the court's bounds last Friday when she ruled in favor of the girl's legal challenge and said she would be allowed to go on a school trip her father had forbidden because of misbehavior.
This is simply insane.

For whatever reason, the first question that actually jumped into my mind was what was a 12 year-old doing with a lawyer? That was followed by questioning why is a lawyer involved at all and then wondering how the girl was going to pay the lawyer (my guess is the father will be billed).

Then, of course, I had to wonder why the court even accepted the case. If you read the rest of the story, it appears to be discipline which fits the girl's misbehavior. Where in the world this judge got the idea she should involve the court in such a dispute, much less overrule the father is beyond understanding.

Were I that particular father, I'd be mightily tempted to load up the misbehaving girl and drop on the judge's doorstep. As far as I'd be concerned the ruling would give the judge (court) ownership of the problem.

We all express shock and outrage at rulings like this. But this sort of intrusion seems to be becoming much less unusual than in the past, both in Canada and the US. What that portends for the future is not very pleasant to contemplate.
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Remember John Kerry’s "global test"? Already liberals are pointing to the thinking of other Western countries like Canada as models to justify restricting "hate" (read: right wing) speech.
Written By: Aldo
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And healthcare, and Sharia law and....
Written By: Bithead
Look at the bright side....when Canada becomes a Sharia state, the girl won’t be able to go on the net anyway, lest she be beaten.

Problem solved!
Written By: shark
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This is simply insane.
That is the proper assessment. There really can’t be any other. I’m very curious how it got this far.
Written By: Grimshaw
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Were I that particular father, I’d be mightily tempted to load up the misbehaving girl and drop on the judge’s doorstep. As far as I’d be concerned the ruling would give the judge (court) ownership of the problem.
Before I got to this passage that was exactly my thoughts. I would have told that courts that if they know better then they can have her. A quick view of her future, pregnant by 16, false sexual abuse memories by 21, woman studies professor by 32.
Written By: capt joe
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Agreed: I’d be tempted to put the little brat up for adoption. The state has already determined there will be no punishment (and its not even a question about corporal punishment) at all.

I’ll bet that if he tried, the state would disallow the termination of parental responsibilities (ie, he would be billed for the costs of the child while under state custody).

Liberalism - the application of insanity to real-world problems.
Written By: tim stevens
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Well this takes the cake.

Canadian school boards are now using psychics to detect sexual abuse. And to think the I said false abuse memories I could not imagine this.

Written By: capt joe
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I was reading about what prompted the father to impose discipline. The 12 year old girl was posting photos of herself on a dating site and giving her contact information. This is every parents pedophilic nightmare.

So besides banning internet usage, he canceled a school trip. The female judge thought that this was unfair punishment. yikes.
Written By: capt joe
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As usual, the situation is not quite as simple as it might seem.

The "family" is a product of divorce, with the mother upholding and taking the part of the daughter against the father. It was the mother who hired the attorney and helped to file the suit.

This is simply a logical extrapolation of most custody fights in families destroyed by divorce, only taken to a much higher level than most.

How the mother can support her daughter’s actions in posting "inappropriate" pictures of herself on a friend’s website is beyond me, but the bad-craziness of bad divorces often leads to such types of irrational behaviors.
Written By: Blackwing1
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"This is simply a logical extrapolation of most custody fights"

That may explain the mother’s behavior, but it certainly does not explain the judges decision.
Written By: timactual
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but it certainly does not explain the judges decision.
It would if the judge went to the same law school as MKultra :)
Written By: capt joe
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That may explain the mother’s behavior, but it certainly does not explain the judges decision.

Change that to "does not explain the judges decision not to laugh this out of court and not get involved at all" and I agree 100%!
Written By: Terry
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Yeah, yeah. Evidently some judges already have Obama’s philosophy of jurisprudence; mommy is always right.
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