The former bishop of the polygamous community of Bountiful wants B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal for a visit, to speak with residents in person.
“I hope that in the coming weeks we can set up some sort of dialogue, and give him a formal invitation and I would hope that he’ll follow Mr. Shurtleff’s lead.”
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Shurtleff is Utah Attorney-General Mark Shurtleff who visited Vancouver last week to discuss polygamy with Oppal.
Shurtleff has made polygamy his top priority. His office has prosecuted a man for bigamy, and offered financial support to women trying to escape polygamous communities.
He also held open houses in Utah’s largest polygamous town which attracted hundreds of polygamists – including Blackmore.
“General Shurtleff has at least had the courtesy and consideration for the fundamentalist-believing communities to go into their communities and hold open-house meetings, like a town hall meeting.”
But Oppal says he’s not sure there is much to be gained from a high-profile visit to the controversial community, especially when the RCMP are already investigating allegations of abuse against young women there.
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