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Hon. Wilfred P. Moore:
My question today is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. This question comes from one Morgan Sim of Toronto, and it relates to Bill C-36.
Her question is:
I am sincerely curious whether the Prime Minister and the Honourable Minister of Justice took the time to read the Supreme Court’s thoughtful decision in R. v. Bedford. I ask because the proposed Bill C-36 forces vulnerable women onto the streets. It inappropriately criminalizes some sex work, it removes the ability to work indoors and it limits or, at worst, removes the ability to advertise and screen clients. In short, this proposed legislation will have hugely deleterious effects on the very same vulnerable people it presumes to protect. When women’s lives hang in the balance, how can the government claim to protect sex workers by proposing a bill that creates incentives for dangerous behaviour?