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By Jeff Lee

VANCOUVER — The B.C. provincial government has decided not to take the issue of polygamy to the Supreme Court of Canada, arguing that a recent ruling from the B.C. Supreme Court is sanction enough to begin prosecuting B.C. polygamists.

“While the opinion of a higher court may be more persuasive in case law, the government does not believe a referral decision is necessary. The true victims of polygamy are the women and children this trial court decision protects,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond in a Monday statement.

“Legal counsel have advised me they are satisfied his decision will enable police and prosecutors to act with authority in investigating and prosecuting criminally polygamous relationships,” she said.

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In a 335-page ruling last Nov. 23, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Bauman upheld the polygamy section of the Criminal Code, which makes multiple marriages illegal. The judge…

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