Ontario will not become the first Western jurisdiction to allow the use of a set of centuries' old religious rules called Shariah law to settle Muslim family disputes, and will ban all religious arbitrations in the province, Premier Dalton McGuinty told The Canadian Press on Sunday.As I've said in other situations, you can't favour one religion over another. If he had of come out and said no to Shariah-based family tribunals, but kept the other religious tribunals allowed in the province, that's an obvious double standard.
In a telephone interview with the national news agency, McGuinty announced his government would move quickly to outlaw existing religious tribunals used for years by Christians and Jews under Ontario's Arbitration Act.
"There will be no Shariah law in Ontario. There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario. There will be one law for all Ontarians."
But, there is a catch.
McGuinty said religious arbitrations "threaten our common ground," and promised his Liberal government would introduce legislation "as soon as possible" to outlaw them in Ontario.Emphasis mine of course, but please, no more promises. You always set me up, Dalton. Fool me once and all that.
The Ontario Liberals will pass this, the Ontario Liberals will do that, the Ontario Liberals will fix this, the Ontario Liberals will fix that. They're going to make everything all better.
The only thing funnier would be if Dalton had said, "Read my lips, no religious arbitration."
I'll give him credit for saying the right thing, but I'll be more impressed if he actually does it.
Updated: I missed the link to the original article. This has been corrected.
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