On page four of the printed Edition One of It’s Time For Justice, I’ve listed just some of the stakeholders involved in separation and divorce in Canada. The complete list of stakeholders is longer, and includes everyone from couples themselves and their children to lawyers, judges, civil servants, immigration lawyers, accountants, employers, social workers, the teachers of children involved in divorce, mediators, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, and step-parents.
Particularly important stakeholders are federal and provincial politicians, and journalists in the parts of Canada represented by these politicians.
Printed copies of It’s Time For Justice have been sent to:
- All Members of Parliament
- All Members of the Senate of Canada
- All Members of the Ontario Provincial Parliament, the province where I practice
- The Premiers of all other provinces and territories
- The leaders of major parties in all provinces and territories
- The cabinet ministers and deputy ministers most related to divorce law in all provinces and territories
- A selection of the leaders of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict
- Selected executives of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Advocates Society
- A selection of editors, producers, hosts, reporters and columnists in a wide range of Canadian media, across the country, including those I have met in interviews
- A selection of social workers, mediators, expert witnesses and others with whom I’ve worked
- Selected colleagues who practice family law, and some educators teaching family law
- Some of the people who contributed to this spring’s Supreme Court of Canada study on Family Law
- Some of the people who contributed to the Canadian Bar Association’s Envisioning Equal Justice Summit in Vancouver in April 2013
People, I think, can make a difference, from a list we’ve been compiling for months .
My intention with It’s Time For Justice is to get these stakeholders to think about the step-by-step ways they individually can smooth the process. And then they should take action. What action, exactly, is up to them, remembering “the best interests of the children.”
We do not need more 3-year studies and 5-year research projects.
To quote Elvis: “A little less conversation, a little more action please.”