Legal and Constitutional Affairs – October 30, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – October 30, 2014

Senators resume their deliberations of the federal government’s prostitution legislation. 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 committee heard from 50 witnesses during its extensive pre-study meetings in September on the bill.
Lawyer and human rights expert Gunilla Ekberg discusses Sweden’s approach to prostitution and how the country prevents and tackles human trafficking. She is a former special advisor on issues regarding prostitution and trafficking. A number of countries have looked at the “Swedish model” when making serious changes to their prostitution legislation and policies.
Canadian Bar Association representatives Ian M. Carter and Gaylene Schellenberg raise potential constitutional concerns with Bill C-36. Justice Canada lawyers Nathalie Levman and Carole Morency return to the committee to answer any remaining technical questions. Senators conduct their clause-by-clause consideration following the witnesses’ testimony. (October 30, 2014)