Justice and Human Rights – July 7, 2014 – Part 1

In Committee from the House of Commons

Justice and Human Rights – July 7, 2014 – Part 1

The committee hears from Justice Minister Peter MacKay as it begins four days of summer hearings on the federal government’s new prostitution legislation. Senior department officials Donald K. Piragoff and Nathalie Levman also testify. 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. (July 7, 2014)