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July 7, 2006 
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MLA still pushing grandparents' rights bill
By Rochelle Squires


Three may be the lucky number for Opposition Tories eager to see one of their bills passed into law.

Tory MLA Leanne Rowat (Minnedosa) has twice introduced a bill that would provide grandparents the right to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren in the event of divorce or death of a parent.

Both times the bill died on the order paper after being ignored or not debated en masse by the majority NDP government.

She held a press conference yesterday to reiterate her belief in the importance of this bill and pressure the government to consider it when she re-introduces it again in the fall.

“The proposed legislation would require courts to take into consideration the special connection that often exists between grandparents and their grandchildren,” said Rowat. “In the context of a family breakdown or death, it is important this connection be recognized as courts make decisions regarding access to children.”

Family Services Minister Christine Melnick said the province is looking at introducing legislation next fall that would be broader in scope than the bill proposed by Rowat.

“We’re consulting with grandparents and looking at something more conciliatory,” said Melnick.



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