LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
CHEF DE L'OPPOSITION
March 31, 2004
PO Box 22004, 300 Coxwell Avenue
Toronto, ON M4L 3B6
Dear Terry Lear:
Thank you for your letter of February 26 regarding
revising the Divorce Act. I would like to take
this opportunity to respond to your concerns.
As you may know, the Conservative Party of Canada is
in the midst of a renewed policy development process. We have just
completed the first step in this process with the release of our interim
policy document. This document is a melding of those policy areas
where the Canadian Alliance and the federal Progressive Conservatives had
agreement. Unfortunately, this policy document does not include a
position on family-related issues like divorce and shared parenting.
This policy is still under review.
A final review of policies will be carried out at a
convention with duly elected delegates from all ridings. To be adopted
at a first convention, policies will have to be approved under the double
majority formula (a majority of delegates voting and a majority of delegates
from a majority of provinces). I would therefore encourage you to
follow the policy development process of our new party, especially as it
pertains to the issues raised in your letter.
Should you have any further questions or concerns
about this matter, I would encourage you to contact our Justice critic, M.P.
Vic Toews. You may reach Mr. Toews by writing to him in care of the
House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6.
Thank you once again for taking the time to write.
Stephen Harper, M.P.
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada