A rally is being held at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, in support of grandparents who want the same rights as their counterparts in other areas of the country.
They will gather to support the passing of Bill 34, which will give grandparents in Ontario the legal right to apply for access to their grandchildren; six other provinces and a territory already have this on the books.
Several groups, including the Ontario Chapters of Alienated Grandparents Anonymous, CanGrands, Grandparents Rights Ontario and other supporters of Bill 34,
Children’s Law Reform Amendment Act (Relationship with Grandparents), will attend.
This is seventh time grandparents have come to Queen’s Park to rally in an attempt to get an amendment. Bill 34 passed second reading earlier this month.
“We don’t want Bill 34 to suffer the same fate as its ancestors – dying on the order paper. Grandchildren have waited long enough for justice. We are not here to fight for ourselves or the rights of grandparents. We are here to fight for the rights of grandchildren because they don’t have a voice and their rights are sometimes not respected. We are here to ask the government why Ontario children have less rights than Quebec children.” – Sonya Cianciullo, spokesperson.
The coalition supporting the Bill has offered these reasons for politicians to pass it:
1. Bill 34 will stop the using of children as pawns in a relationship and protect them from abuse.
2. Bill 34 will upgrade and enhance the current, antiquated Law and bring it into line with Quebec, 5 other provinces and the Yukon.
3. Bill 34 will alleviate some of the current, enormous down-stream costs to society and to the juvenile-justice and health systems in inter-generational transmission of abuse, delinquency and adolescent maladjustment and the interventions by health practitioners.
4. Bill 34 will promote positive relationships between grandchildren and their grandparents that will enhance self-esteem and reduce cases of delinquency and adolescent maladjustment.