Baillie commits to pass Grandparents’ rights bill

September 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

HALIFAX, NS – A Progressive Conservative government will pass legislation protecting the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren, PC Leader Jamie Baillie said today.

“Grandparents’ rights to a relationship with their grandchildren must be protected,” said Baillie. “In unfortunate situations where family ties breakdown it’s in the best interest of children to maintain these important relationships.”

The Progressive Conservatives have repeatedly introduced a bill that prevents a person who has custody of a child from unreasonably preventing a grandparent from seeing their grandchild. Decisions about grandparents’ access to their grandchildren would be decided by a court, based on the safety and well being of the child.

“Rather than continue the tinkering done by the NDP in the past, a Progressive Conservative government will put the rights of Grandparents in law,” said Baillie. “This is the right thing to do for families, grandparents and children.”

The stronger legislation introduced by the Progressive Conservatives requires a consideration of grandparent access in all access and custody orders.