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Opening Arguments

Who's the boss?

I know it might seem alarmist to bring this up, since it's a Canadian court. But, really, would you be surprised if it happened here?

A Quebec father who was taken to court by his 12-year-old daughter after he grounded her in June 2008 has lost his appeal.

Quebec Superior Court rejected the Gatineau father's appeal of a lower court ruling that said his punishment was too severe for the wrongs he said his daughter committed.

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A lower court ruled in the girl's favour in 2008. She went on the trip, but her father appealed the decision on the principle of the matter.

He doesn't have regrets, his lawyer said.

"Either way, he doesn't have authority over this child anymore. She sued him because she doesn't respect his rules," Beaudoin said. "It's very hard to raise a child who is the boss."

That last sentence says a lot about the modern world.


Michael B-P
Wed, 04/08/2009 - 7:14pm

Seems to me his first mistake (besides procreating) was to answer the suite in the first place. Besides the questionable right of a minor to sue a parent in this case, there is the unmistakably frivolous nature of the claim burdening the court. Sounds like at least one Canadian legal authority needs an enema.