In December 2021, LEAF Québec and LEAF National submitted a brief to the Quebec National Assembly on Bill 2, An Act respecting family law reform with regard to filiation and amending the Civil Code in relation to personality rights and civil status.

The provincial government had reformed family law for the first time in 40 years, putting forward sweeping changes that will affect substantive gender equality. Among many other changes, the bill included transphobic proposals, a much-needed regime to regulate surrogacy, and mandated consideration of “family violence” when assessing the best interests of the child. It also provided an extremely short window in which to analyze its 116-page bill.

In its brief, LEAF outlined 15 recommendations intended to advance substantive gender equality and the rule of law. In particular, LEAF urged the government to:

Read the full brief (in French only) here.