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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.


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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