Old Dorion was one of those French creoles, descendants of the ancient Canadian stock, who abound on the western frontier, and amalgamate or cohabit with
Another 16 percent have no partner present, and 8 percent cohabit with
It is not clear whether fathers who cohabit with
mothers at birth and subsequently get married will more closely align with their continuously married or continuously cohabiting counterparts.
But Raj Arnand, the lawyer who represented the four, cautioned that single women may still lose their benefits within three months of living with someone else because when the Court of Appeal struck down the ruling, the province responded by introducing a new rule, which allowed welfare recipients to cohabit with
someone for three months before having their benefits reassessed.
Mothers may have lower expectations for men who cohabit with
Previous to 1995, under the Bob Rae NDP regime, single parents could cohabit with
an opposite-sex partner for three years and still collect full welfare benefits.