Thank you very much for contacting me with these questions. Without a doubt I am strongly and firmly opposed to legislation and practices that treat individuals unequally. I’m very curious in learning more from the literature and research you refer to in the questions. Is there any way I could get a list of references? In the meantime, I’ll begin drafting my responses!
Thanks for all that you do.
Thank you for inquiring about my position on the issues below. Again, I’d like to say that I am strongly and firmly opposed to legislation and practices that treat individuals unequally.
Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to send them.
1 – According to Canadian studies in peer reviewed journals, boys are twice as likely to drop out of high school as compared with girls, consistently fall behind girls in academic achievement, and have far fewer same gender role models at all levels of public education. We know that dropouts have a 300% greater chance of incarceration. Do you believe this is a problem that needs Ministry of Education attention, and if so how would you tackle the problem?
This certainly is a problem that needs the Ministry of Education’s and every Ontarian’s attention given that it is an issue that affects everyone. Tackling it requires an open conversation on the topic of the causes underlying the facts and the ways in which positive changes can be made to remedy the the problem.
2 – Since the early 1970’s there have been many academics that have altered their view of the causes and remedies of domestic violence. Originating with a model where domestic violence is universally seen as female victims of male perpetrators, the current research shows a more balanced view where men and women contribute almost equally to the problem of domestic violence. Do you expect to support legislation that recognizes the new understanding of how domestic violence should be addressed?
I not only expect to support it but would.
3 – Would you assure that all Ontario Legal Aid programs treat all Ontarians equally and move to deny funding to programs that deny equal access to justice?
4 – Recent research has shown that children attach to both their fathers and mothers with equal benefit to the child. Research also shows that fatherlessness has serious negative outcomes for girls and boys. However, Statistics Canada reports that children lose access to their dads in custody judgments at a 15 to one ratio and one in five children in Ontario live entirely without their father. Do you believe that maintaining a child’s attachment to both parents after break-up or divorce is a best outcome and can be accomplished by maximizing time with both parents after separation?
Given a pair of loving and caring parents who decide to separate, there is no question that both should be equally involved in the child’s life. Regardless of the separation, the child’s attachment to each parent would remain strong. By having both parents in his or her life, a new positive and supportive family structure can be created.
5 – The most recent available analysis of the treatment men receive in the criminal justice system show that men are treated much more punitively for the same criminal behaviours as compared to women. Men are more readily arrested, charged and given harsher sentences, even for a crime done jointly by the man and a dominant woman. Do you agree that this bias is unfair and unjust, and if so how will you endeavor to balance the gender inequality in the justice system?
I strongly agree that this bias is unfair and unjust. I do not take this issue lightly and will work with the appropriate bodies of the judicial system to eradicate this inequality.