We are only nine days from Christmas morning. This is the 400th daily GPS blog post advocating on behalf of Paul and Zabeth Bayne. Over 151,000 look-sees to the GPS site have been recorded. This is the third Christmas that the three Bayne children have not lived in the Paul and Zabeth Bayne family home. Paul and Zabeth made a request many weeks ago in court, for an unsupervised time with the children in the family home over Christmas. Judge Crabtree requested that the Baynes and the Director process this request. If that proved to be an unsuccessful approach, the Baynes could return to Judge Crabtree to mediate a settlement. That's where the request sits.
What could we possibly expect different from this outcome?
It would be an impossibility upon principle alone for the Director to grant to Paul and Zabeth Bayne an unsupervised overnight and Christmas morning with their children when he has a case pending a ruling for the permanent appropriation of these children based upon his conviction that the parents are a risk to their children.
It will require a Judge's ruling to make this significant concession to parents upon whose capability and credibility as parents he has yet to formally and publicly rule with regard to the Director's application for continuing custody of their three children. If Judge Crabtree grants this unsupervised visitation this Christmas, several things can be said. It will be a signal of his opinion of the Baynes if he grants the unsupervised visitation application. It must be viewed this way. It would be the unkindest tease that I have ever witnessed to grant this request if ultimately he removes the Baynes' custodial rights. Judge Crabtree is now Chief Justice of British Columbia. His judgements carry large implications and influential example for future court decisions by himself and other justices. If he decides not the grant the Baynes' request, it should not be perceived as a ruling against them, but rather as an appropriate decision given the unfinished status of the current court case. A concession now may be deemed premature and might even be challenged on that basis.
Even if the Bayne request is denied, these children will have an exhilarating Christmas celebration with mommy and daddy because these parents will not allow the real distress in their family relationship to cloud their joy or diminish the children's pleasure in the hours the family spends together.