The community has come under focus in recent months because of a high profile raid of a polygamous compound in Texas.
Tucked away in the shadow of fortress-like mountains of southeast British Columbia, the town of Bountiful has managed to somehow avoid the wrath of Canadian law for over 50 years despite openly practising polygamy.
Outside scrutiny of what was already one of Canada's most controversial communities has intensified since authorities in Texas raided a sister sect of polygamists in that state.
For years, Bountiful, the polygamous community on the outskirts of the town of Creston, has escaped prosecution even though polygamy is illegal. The head of one of the polygamous communes believes religious rights protect them.
Leonard Doust, a senior member of the B.C. bar, agreed with the conclusions of a special prosecutor last year -- that having the state pursue polygamy charges against members of the breakaway Mormon sect in the Creston Valley enclave near …