Legal and Constitutional Affairs – September 9, 2014 – Part 1

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – September 9, 2014 – Part 1

Justice Minister Peter MacKay is the first witness as the committee begins its pre-study of the federal government’s prostitution legislation. Many of the upcoming witnesses have already offered their opinion at the House Justice committee earlier this summer. Bill C-36 was tabled in June in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision last December to strike down three key provisions of the country’s prostitution laws. The Court gave the government one year to produce new legislation. The bill targets clients and pimps and will criminalize the purchase of sexual services. Other measures include increasing penalties related to child prostitution and prohibiting the advertising of sexual services in print or online. (September 9, 2014)