Do you think this is happening, that is, the deconstruction of the family in the name of promoting the welfare and safety of the child? Is it unreasonable to pose this question? Does it sound like the query of a paranoid author? I don’t see it as an irrational question because I am no longer a young parent with young children but I am a concerned observer of societal and governmental behaviour.
The legal rights of families and parents are being redefined under our noses.
I perceive policy and law in Canada moving away from traditional precepts toward unambiguously secular moral values. Individual rights of children have become a chief concentration while there is disregard for the rights of parents to raise their own children without gratuitous intrusion by the government. Even prior to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Bill of Rights stated in its preamble, “The Parliament of Canada, affirming that the Canadian Nation is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, the dignity and worth of the human person and the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions; Affirming also that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law; And being desirous of enshrining these principles and the human rights and fundamental freedoms derived from them, in a Bill of Rights which shall reflect the respect of Parliament for its constitutional authority and which shall ensure the protection of these rights and freedoms in Canada.”
The Charter of Rights has now become the definitive document to articulate the protection of human rights in Canada but look at what has happened. The Charter has deleted references to the family in its preamble. "Whereas Canada is founded upon the principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law." This has effectively removed the foundation for constitutional protection of parental rights and family rights. It can be argued that this omission has been a significant factor in the demise of family autonomy and in the devaluation of the family on both law and legislation.
Are we content with this? Is there no concern? No suspicion? Are we living in a Stephen King novel?