It's March 1 everyone. Are human freedom and human dignity values that we want to preserve here in Canada? Here in British Columbia? Do I hear a unanimous and audacious “YES!” Is family of primary importance to us here in B.C.? I'm going to assume that that inaudible was actually a rousing affirmative cheer, and my natural hearing loss distorted the sound. Why do we shout "Yes!"
Why? Because among other benefits that family autonomy realizes for us in a free society is diversity, variety, multiplicity. Don’t tell me that is not important to you. We are not attracted to sameness. Commonality is different from equivalence. We share and enjoy and approve things in common but we are not the same. We can all cheer for the Canucks while we are different ages and weights and colors. Family autonomy secures diversity. When parents have the liberty to raise their children, that is a guarantee of pluralism.
If you want to threaten pluralism, then one of the simplest tactics is to wrap up the parental rights of the people who appear to challenge accepted standards of what is understood to be the “best interests of the child.”
What we have happening in our province is the lofty motivation of a Ministry of Children and Family Development seeking that which is in the best interests of children yet in too many cases assaulting the inviolability of the family to do this and thereby threatening the very values and traditions that families cherish and which make our society rich.
I am convinced that the MCFD can do better than it is doing. I am sure that it can manage its mandate more effectively than it is doing. I am sure that the government in power presently could give due diligence to what I am saying and conclude that we Canadians whose social institutions are based upon certain philosophical and legal traditions are finding them threatened by post-modern human rights. Chief among these opposing rights is the less than subtle approaches to restructuring the roles and relationships of the family and the government or nation. The government is taking on consistently stronger roles in protecting the rights of children as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Are any of you thinking that the power of the state is in collision with parents rights to liberty under Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights?