In Canada, the ten year battle for women’s rights ended victoriously in 1929 when the Famous Five—Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby, took the battle for the right of women to vote through the court system all the way to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England. At the time, that was the highest court of appeal for Canada.
The issue was whether in law the word “persons” should or should not include women. We should never forget that in Canada until 1929 women were still considered property.
Canadian women first received the right to vote in 1917 under the Military Voters Act, when women who were British subjects and had close relatives away fighting for England in the armed forces could vote on behalf of their male relatives, in federal elections.
The efforts of these five heroic women, and many unnamed others gave women the right to vote provincially when Manitoba became the first province to step forward, followed shortly thereafter by Alberta. Quebec was the last province to recognize voting rights for women in 1940.
The issues of rights for women have always been clouded with diverse opinions. Contrary opinions mostly favored by those that benefited by the status quo.
History shows that oppression gains momentum by repetition. The power of mind control was well proven during the Second World War when education and knowledge and action were controlled and mass hysteria gripped the German nation.
Eric Hoffer, wrote a book in the 1950’s called the True Believer. The True Believer helped expose the hidden causes that nearly destroyed our world in the 1930’s. It is a caustic and penetrating analysis of the nature behind mass movements.
Rather than concentrating on the war Hoffer’s book delves into the psychology of the frustrated, alienated and dissatisfied sacrificing themselves for any cause to give their meaningless lives some sense of significance.
The natural laws of conformity, including the Hivemind Corollary is best summed up by Eric Hoffer: “Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.”
The pursuit of a civilized society is what makes life bearable; for the weak; the elderly; women; children; the oppressed. It makes society prosperous and allows us to grow both mentally and spiritually.
Winston Blackmore can claim religious prosecution as he wishes but known indications from breakaway female members show that this sect is allied with branches in the U.S.
Inbreeding is controlled by transfers of young females across the US/Canadian border for the purposes of forced marriages: Marriages are made to much older men; The sect controls education; the environment; communication with the outside world is severely limited; there are no multiple female marriages, only male; young males reaching an age of sexual competition for female favors are banished from the sect; that is why any pictures of these sects usually show only very young boys. Young virile males are in the minority. In the US, young males are rented out as labor to the outside world. This keeps them away from the young girls and generates money for those in charge.
Ultimately many young males are forcibly expelled from the sect and denied any financial help to aid them in the transition to the outside world. Whether this is an issue in Canada is not known.
Young females are forcibly married at an early age to much older men with multiple wives; there is no birth control; ownership of women and children is dependent on favoritism. Any male in the sect in disfavor can lose his wives and children as they can be transferred to another male at will. Rumours abound that Blackmore is a multi-millionaire leaving the question of unpaid labor an issue;
Canadians should ask themselves under those conditions: Are women and children treated as property? Is mind control a factor? If mind control is a factor; can any favorable comment by these women be believed?
Blackmore wants to confuse this issue by saying its political and religious persecution.
That this sect was allowed to flourish after the edict of 1929 is a disgrace to Canadian women and the values that Canadians hold.
Blackmore can say what he wishes. It matters not; we must believe and act on what the leaders of this sect do.
Kudos to BC’s Attorney General, Wally Oppal for tackling this thorny issue; eighty years after women were declared persons, it seems some people would still believe they are property.
Does Winston Blackmore operate his sect at Bountiful BC under laws and conventions that were repealed in 1929? by Elvena Slump
October 2009—Canada will not appeal a court ruling tossing out criminal charges against Winston Blackmore and James Oler in the polygamous religious sect located at Bountiful just outside of Creston BC.
Blackmore and Oler are the leaders of two separate factions of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day saints. This is a breakaway sect of the mainstream Mormon Church, which renounced polygamy more than 100 years ago.
Despite numerous investigations by the police into Bountiful since 1990, BC has shied away from laying charges until BC attorney general Wally Oppal decided to proceed with polygamy charges despite earlier legal opinions that the polygamy issue should be referred to the court as a test case.
A reference case on the constitutionality of the rights of Blackmore and Oler to engage in polygamy in Canada under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be decided before any more action is taken.