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Quebec Spouses' Right to Choose Their Family Name

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PETITION TO THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE OF QUÉBEC

We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Canada, draw the attention of The Honourable Bertrand St-Arnaud, the Minister of Justice of Québec, to the following:

Section 393 of the Civil Code of Quebec states that women and men in Quebec must exercise their civil rights under their maiden name.

Name change is a basic legal act that is recognized in practically all legal systems to allow an individual the opportunity to adopt a name other than the name given at birth, marriage, or adoption.

It is a fundamental human right blatantly ignored by Section 393 of the Civil Code of Quebec.

Today, a married woman who lives in Quebec is FORCED by law to retain her maiden name and her maiden name (i.e. her father's name!) is what defines her in all legal documents (health card, driver’s license, passport, credit card, etc.).

This rule applies to all spouses domiciled in Quebec, even if they were married outside Quebec. Today in Quebec, married women are not forced and expected to go by their married names anymore, but forced to keep their maiden names.

If some women do not wish to change their names and choose to keep for the rest of their lives their maiden ones, it is their choice and the law must protect this choice. But other women or men who desire to use their spouse's surname should also be given the choice to choose which name they wish to officially use upon their marriage.

The law should legitimize both options.

A common surname symbolizes strength, bondage, kinship. Also, in the case of immigrant women who marry Quebecers, changing the surname would give them a better chance to feel integrated in this society.

Married men are also deprived of their freedom of choice, but I think that the issue affects more women than men as few men wish to take their wife's surname.

THEREFORE, we, the petitioners, call upon the Minister of Justice of Québec to amend Section 393 of the Civil Code of Quebec that states that women and men in Quebec must exercise their civil rights under their maiden name.

We are not asking for anything that is not known or used in the rest of Canada. We are not asking for the enactment of an utterly foreign, non-western concept in the body of the Canadian law or society.

We are asking that women and men who live in Quebec have the same rights as women and men in English Canada.

It is time to put an end to this diminishing and dictatorial law and give spouses in Quebec FREEDOM OF CHOICE.

Madi Lussier

Sponsor

http://www.cireport.ca

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Quebec Spouses’ Right to Choose Their Family Name

Open letter to the Government of Quebec: Quebec’s Civil Code denies spouses’ basic freedom of choice

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 22, 2016
    Jun 22, 2016
    Allow free choice to the partners, whichever name they want to chose to take for their family.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May 26, 2016
    May 26, 2016
    Liberte de pouvoir faire ce que l'on veut sans avoir de barriere...
  • Vernier Muriel
    Vernier Muriel Canada, Woodbridge
    May 02, 2016
    May 02, 2016
    la Libert'e pour les femmes: qu;en faites-vous, Quebec?????
  • Isabelle A St Pierre
    Isabelle A St Pierre Canada, Longueuil
    Mar 12, 2016
    1
    Mar 12, 2016
    Law completely outdated. The real woman freedom is to be able to make her own decision by choosing what last name she wants to bear, and not by a bunch of politician (in majority men) or their husbands. If this law wanted initially to set the woman freer, it’s a fail, because Quebecer men call their wives: “ma femme”, which means ‘my woman’, a denomination completely reductive. (See next comment for French version)
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    Angelika Balinska Canada
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    Vernier Muriel Canada
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    Christina Nunes Canada
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    Nicholas Charron Canada
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    Ingrid Chiasson-Decoste Canada
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