The following is from the Toronto Sun and it can be read in full here.
Muslims claiming cash for numerous wives
Islamic leaders: Hundreds in GTA get extra welfare for polygamous unions
By TOM GODFREY -- Sun Media
The Toronto Sun
Hundreds of GTA Muslim men in polygamous marriages -- some with a harem of wives -- are receiving welfare and social benefits for each of their spouses, thanks to the city and province, Muslim leaders say.
Mumtaz Ali, president of the Canadian Society of Muslims, said wives in polygamous marriages are recognized as spouses under the Ontario Family Law Act, providing they were legally married under Muslim laws abroad.
"Polygamy is a regular part of life for many Muslims," Ali said yesterday. "Ontario recognizes religious marriages for Muslims and others."
He estimates "several hundred" GTA husbands in polygamous marriages are receiving benefits. Under Islamic law, a Muslim man is permitted to have up to four spouses.
"There are many people in the community who are taking advantage of this," Ali said. "This is a law and there's nothing wrong with it."
Immigration officials said yesterday that polygamous marriages aren't allowed in Canada, but that contradicts the provincial law.
"Canada is a very liberal-minded country," Ali said. "Canada is way ahead of Britain in this respect."
Legal recognition of polygamy is coming to Canada whether you like it or not. It doesn't matter what you or the majority of Canadians think. What matters is what the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (que Hallelujah chorus) allows. The definition of marriage was already redefined once to accommodate one minority group (gays and lesbians) via the Charter. Why not redefine it again to accommodate a religious minority? Is it not their religious right?
Canada's irrational commitment to multiculturalism or diversity for diversity's sake compels us to accept polygamy. Besides, who are we to stop consenting adults from forming polygamous and polyandrous relationships? Is it not their Charter right? That's why Ottawa has not moved on the FLDS polygamous community in Bountiful, B.C. Ottawa will lose a legal challenge.
What we need to understand is that not only have we Canadians lost control of our borders but we have also lost the right to define ourselves as a people. We have lost the right to say what is and is not allowed. Though most Canadians may not want legal recognition of polygamy the "tyranny of the majority" is trumped by the tyranny of the minority. This is the "new" Canada whether you like it or not.