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Deadbeat parents could be banned from fishing in Saskatchewan

10/31/2013 05:03 EDT | Updated 12/31/2013 05:12 EST
Future deadbeat dads and moms could find themselves out of luck when they try to hunt or fish in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gord Wyant has introduced legislation that could prevent people with outstanding child or spousal support payments from getting hunting and angling licences.

"This is just another tool to help enforcement," Wyant said. "Currently we're at 91 per cent enforcement, one of the highest in the country, which we're very proud of."

Wyant noted that enforcement officers can already suspend someone's driver's licence or passport if he or she is behind on payments.

"People have an obligation to support their family and when these court orders are in place, I think that people need to take responsibility for that, so we think this is a very reasonable thing to do," he said.

Under the proposed changes to the Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Act, the government would give people at least 30 days notice of the intention to restrict their ability to hunt and fish.

The province says it collected more than $39 million in overdue payments in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

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