Marion Boyd

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Marion Boyd
Ontario MPP
In office
1990–1999
Liberal Joe Fontana 19,54737.7%+11.8%
Progressive Conservative Jim Jepson19,44537.5%−9.7%
New Democratic Marion Boyd12,66724.4%−2.5%
Independent Peter Ewart2010.4%+0.4%

Source: [20]

Electoral record (provincial)

London North

1985 Ontario general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Ronald Van Horne20,53654.4%+4.8%
Progressive Conservative George Auold11,43330.3%−7.7%
New Democratic Marion Boyd5,19113.8%+1.4%
Freedom Robert Smeenk5661.5%+1.5%

Source: [21]

London Centre

1987 Ontario general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal David Peterson 18,19455.2%+0.4%
New Democratic Marion Boyd9,26628.1%+11.0%
Progressive Conservative Dennis McKaig3,86411.7%−14.8%
Family Coalition Brenda Rowe6952.1%+2.1%
Freedom Lloyd Walker5891.8%+0.2%
Independent Stunning Bentley3751.1%+1.1%

Source: [22]

1990 Ontario general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
New Democratic Marion Boyd17,83751.3%+23.2%
Liberal David Peterson9,67127.8%−27.4%
Progressive Conservative Mark Handelman5,34815.4%+3.7%
Family Coalition John Van Geldersen9822.8%+0.7%
Freedom Lloyd Walker5891.4%−0.4%
Independent Terry Smart3750.8%+0.8%
Communist Issam Mansour840.2%+0.2%
Independent Sidney Tarleton730.2%+0.2%

Source: [23]

1995 Ontario general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
New Democratic Marion Boyd11,09636.8%−14.5%
Progressive Conservative Patrick McGuinness9,36431.0%+15.6%
Liberal Ron Postian7,55925.1%−2.7%
Family Coalition Mike Dwyer1,0413.5%+0.7%
Green Jeff Culbert5331.8%+1.8%
Freedom Lloyd Walker4521.5%+0.1%
Natural Law Liz Overall1340.4%+0.4%

Source: [24]

London North Centre

1999 Ontario general election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Progressive Conservative Dianne Cunningham 18,32040.21
New Democratic Marion Boyd16,61136.46
Liberal Roger Caranci9,51820.89
Family Coalition Andrew Jezierski4661.02
Green Jeff Culbert3660.80
Freedom Robert Metz1560.34
Natural Law Stephen Porter1200.26
Total valid votes45,557 100.00

Source: [24]

After politics

Boyd was appointed chair to the Task Force on the Health Effects of Woman Abuse in 2000. It was convened in response to the problem of domestic violence against women. [25] Later that year the task force produced a report with 29 recommendations. The key conclusion was that doctors should begin screening female patients as young as 12 years old for signs of abuse. [26]

In December 2003, it came to light that religious tribunals had some legal basis under the Arbitration Act. Some argued that this interpretation allowed for Muslim Sharia law to be applied in settling family disputes. [27] In the spring of 2004, the issue flared up even more with some claiming that the use of Sharia law tribunals was infringing on the rights of Muslim women. [28] In the summer of 2004, Premier Dalton McGuinty asked Boyd to investigate the issue. [29]

In December 2004, Boyd released a report that found no evidence of complaints with regards to faith-based arbitration. She concluded that no changes to the act were needed with respect to religious tribunals. She made 46 recommendations for changes to the Arbitration Act primarily dealing with arbitrator training and clarifying the roles and responsibilities of tribunals. [27] In 2005, in response to public opinion, McGuinty ignored Boyd's main conclusion and tabled changes to the act under the Family Statute Law Amendment Act. [30] [31]

While incorporating many of Boyd's recommendations, the act specifically removed any legal status for the arbitration of custodial and marital disputes by religious tribunals. [32] The act mandated that all family law arbitrations in Ontario be conducted only in accordance with Canadian law. [33] Some critics argued that this was a missed opportunity to incorporate aspects of Islamic law into the Canadian judicial system. [34]

Boyd died in Inverhuron, Ontario on October 11, 2022, at the age of 76. [35] [36] [37]

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