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Affidavit Christiane Pelchat on Polygamy

Affidavit Christiane Pelchat on Polygamy

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Affidavit of Christiane Pelchat for the Canadian Reference Case on Polygamy
Affidavit of Christiane Pelchat for the Canadian Reference Case on Polygamy

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Affidavit
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of Christiane PelchatSworn December
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010
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No.
S-097767
Vancouver Registry
IN
THE SUPREME COURT
OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA
IN THE
MATTER
OF:
THE
CONSTrrUTIONAL
QUESTION
ACT,
R.S.B.C. 1996,
c.68
AND
IN
THE
MATTER
OF:
THE
CANADIAN
CHARTER OF
RIGHTS
AND
FREEDOMS
AND
IN
THE
MATTER
OF:
A
REFERENCE
BY
THE LIEUTENANT
GOVERNOR
IN COUNCIL
SET OUT
IN
ORDER
IN
COUNCIL
NO. 553DATED
OCTOBER
22, '2009
CONCERNING
THE
CONSTITUTIONALITY
OF
s.
293
OF
THE
CRIMINAL CODE
OF
CANADA,
R.S.C.
1985,
c.
C-46
AFFIDAVrr
I,
Christiane Pelchat, lawyer, President and Generai Director
of
Status
of
Women
Quebec,
of
800
Place D'Youville, 3rd Floor, in the City of Quebec in the Pro,:ince
of
Quebec,
MAKE
OATHAND
SAYAS FOLLOWS:
L
I have been the President and General Director
of
the Conseil du statut
de
la
femme
(Status
of
Women Quebec) since December 2006, and
as
such have personal knowledge of thematters hereinafter deposed to, save
and
except where stated
to
be based upon information and
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and where
so
stated, I verily believe the
same to
be true.
 
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2.
I have worked for women's rights and good goveriuince for more than
two
decades. Ihave successively held the position
of
Executive Assistant to the Minister
of
the Status
of
Women
of
Quebec, to the Minister
of
Justice
of
Quebec and to the Minister
of
State
for
theStatus
of
Women
of
Canada. I have strong experience
in
promoting human rights and the rights
of
women, both at the national level and abroad.
In
my work for international organizations inWest Africa, I developed an expertise in gender
and
development, with specific competency inresults-based management and in analyzing the different needs
of
men and women.
In
Senegaland Niger I served
as
Resident Representative, directing teams in training women and promotingtheir access
to
positions
of
authority. In missions
to
Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Mali, Haiti, Rwandaand Guinea-Konakry I served
as
an expert in democracy, good governance and women's rights.
3.
I am a graduate
of
the Faculty
of
Social Science
of
the Universite d'Ottawa, and
of
theFaculty
of
Law of. the Universite de Montreal. I practised law with Fasken Matlineau inMontreal.
4.
From
1985
to
1994
I served in the Quebec National Assembly
as
the Member
for
theriding
of
Vachon.
5.
The Conseil du statut de la femme is a govermnental body for consultation and study that·has worked
to
promote and defend the rights and interests
of
Quebec women since
1973.
6.
The mandate
of
the Conseil is to advise the minister for the Status
of
Women
and
theGovermnent
of
Quebec on all subjects related to equality and respect for the rights and status
Of
women.
To
this end, it carries out and publishes studies on these questions, and submitsopinions
tei
the Government
'on
draft bills, policies and actions that raise issues
in
gender
 
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equality. The Conseil also participates in public debate' on matters affecting women and theiraccess
to
equality.7. In July 2009, the Conseil asked an independent researcher, Yolande Geadah, to preparean opinion on polygamy and women's rights.
8.
Yolande Geadah is a Quebec author and independent feminist researcher
who
is
aspecialist in matters
of
gender equality and women in development. Her latest book,
Accommodements raisonnables, droit
a
la difference et non difference des droits
[Reasonableaccommodations: a right to difference, not different rights] (VLB, 2007) won her the 2007 PrixCondorcet from the Quebec Secular Movement. Her first book,
Femmes voilees, integrismesdemasques
[Veiled women: umnasking fundamentalism] (VLB, 1996 and' 2001) was very wellreceived in Quebec and France.
It
is an uncompromising look at the rise
of
religiousfundamentalisms and their impact on women. Her second book,
La Prostitution, un metiercomme un autre?
[ProstitUtion: a trade like any other?] (VLB, 2003) deals with
the
socIal issuessurrounding the globalization
of
procuring and sex trafficking. She has also authored numerousarticles and briefs about women and development.
9.
In
1995Ms.
Geadah completed the course-work toward a doctorate in Political Science atthe Universite du Quebec
it
Montreal; she has a Master's in Industrial
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fi'om
theUniversite
de
Montreal (1980). She has been involved for thitiy years
in
intercultural educationand international solidarity. She has worked for various agencies
as
a consultant on internationaldevelopment.
10.
Now shown to me and attached
as
Exhibit"
A"
to this Affidavit is a true copy
of
theopinion
of
the Conseil du statut de la feinme,
La polygamie au regard du droit des femmes,
dated

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