|Date: Sat, 01 Feb 1997 18:38:26 -0800
From: Robin Welch <email@example.com>
To: American Fathers Coalition <afc@CapAccess.org>
Subject: news from Canada
>From the AP wire, via aol:
OTTAWA (AP) -- A Liberal senator who opposes
child support legislation might be thrown
off a committee to get the bill passed into law.
Senator Anne Cools has sided with Tory senators who say
changes to the Divorce Act are too hard on dads. And her position has delayed the bill in
the Senate social affairs committee.
"She has frustrated the will of the government,"
said Liberal Senator Peter Bosa, deputy chairman of the committee, which will decide
before Monday whether Cools can stay.
The legislation, which among other things would allow the
government to revoke the passports of deadbeat dads, easily passed in the House of Commons
The committee, charged with making recommendations to the
Senate, held public hearings this week before adjourning in a deadlock.
The changes, which women's groups have spent years fighting
to obtain, could be delayed or even defeated in the Senate, where the Liberals have a
one-seat majority. A tie vote means defeat.
A defiant Cools said Thursday that even if she's kicked off
the committee, she'll vote against the bill in the Senate.
"It has been open season on men for too long,"
said Cools, who last month commented that "behind every abusing husband is an abusing
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