Friday, December 20, 2013

Canada's Supreme Court Strikes Down Prostitution Laws

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada started the clock ticking Friday for Parliament to reshape social policy dealing with the world's oldest profession, as political battle lines were drawn.

In a unanimous 9-0 ruling on Friday, the high court struck down the country's prostitution laws, giving Parliament a year to produce new legislation. That means prostitution-related offences will remain in the Criminal Code for one more year.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the government was "concerned" by the ruling, and is "exploring all possible options to ensure the criminal law continues to address the significant harms that flow from prostitution to communities, those engaged in prostitution, and vulnerable persons."

Meanwhile, Employment Minister Jason Kenney raised the spectre of judicial activism — saying legislators, not judges, should be making the law. It's a topic Prime Minister Stephen Harper has complained about as recently as this week.
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The Anti-Gnostic said...

This will be great as every greaseball on the planet flocks to liberal, generous Canada and turns it into the Thailand of the Americas.

Ingemar said...

Except Thailand, beneath its reputation, is actually very sexually conservative amongst themselves.

Canada? Well...