Harper’s Controversial Prostitution Bill C-36 Becomes Law

Update:

Justice Minister Peter MacKay was behind the new legislation, Bill C-36, and took the approach that it would criminalize the purchase of sex, but not its sale. Many legal minds have already predicted that the law, in its' present state, cannot and will not withstand scrutiny from the courts, as it relates to the Charter.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay was behind the new legislation, Bill C-36, and took the approach that it would criminalize the purchase of sex, but not its sale. Many legal minds have already predicted that the law, in its’ present state, cannot and will not withstand scrutiny from the courts, as it relates to the Charter. Despite being aware of this, Harper and his conservatives supported the Bill in its’ entirety.

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The government’s controversial prostitution bill passed in the House of Commons Monday night by a 156-124 vote.

The Supreme Court last December ruled Canada’s existing laws on the world’s oldest profession were unconstitutional and ordered Parliament to come up with new legislation within a year.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay was behind the new legislation, Bill C-36, and took the approach that it would criminalize the purchase of sex, but not its sale.

MacKay called his legislation a “made in Canada” approach and the best way to eliminate prostitution altogether.

By allowing prostitutes to sell sexual services without fear of criminalization, the law won’t prevent them from implementing safety measures such as bodyguards, MacKay has said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Monday he's dead-set against the libertine prostitution laws that exist in parts of Australia, where some states even allow brothels to operate. He supports Bill C-36 in its' entirety, despite all legal opinions that it was doomed from the outset, given its' incompatibility with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Monday he’s dead-set against the libertine prostitution laws that exist in parts of Australia, where some states even allow brothels to operate. He supports Bill C-36 in its’ entirety, despite all legal opinions that it was doomed from the outset, given its’ incompatibility with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Under the previous law, prostitutes were effectively prohibited from hiring bodyguards because nobody was allowed to live “off the avails of prostitution.”

“The objective is to (lower) the demand and make prostitution illegal,” MacKay said last month to a committee of senators.

He said the prostitution bill represents a “paradigm shift” in Canada because it deals with sex workers as victims who need help, rather than criminals who deserve punishment.

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