New amendments to the government's prostitution bill will give it a better chance of withstanding a constitutional court challenge, says a leading Conservative on the House of Commons justice committee.
A diverse chorus of aboriginal women, police leaders and former prostitutes took turns Tuesday denouncing as insufficient the Harper government's five-year, $20-million pledge to help sex workers leave the industry.
More than 220 legal experts have written an open letter to the prime minister asking that he reconsider his government’s new prostitution bill, just as hearings for the new legislation get underway in Ottawa.
Manitoba's attorney general led a call on the Harper government Monday to amend its new prostitution bill and remove a section that makes it illegal for sex workers to communicate for the purposes of selling their services.
The Harper government's proposed crackdown on johns and pimps would leave prostitutes just as open to violence as under the old sex laws struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada, sex workers and their supporters said Saturday.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay doesn’t need his 4,000 departmental lawyers to tell him he can’t control the world’s oldest supply and demand profession. He’s a former Crown prosecutor and he surely knows a lost case when he sees it.
The NDP is demanding the government refer its new prostitution legislation to the Supreme Court “immediately” to ensure it is in line with last fall’s ruling by the top court and would hold up against a Charter challenge.