Musings —09.29.2010 08:58 AM—
Good. That judgment was absurd. Judges attempting to determine social policy instead of the law. Never good.
Prostitution law appeal expected by feds and Ontario will support them: McGuinty (Bawdy-Law-Appeal)
TORONTO – Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he would be surprised if the federal government did not appeal a court ruling striking down Canada’s prostitution laws.
The Ontario Superior Court ruled that laws against keeping a common bawdy house, communicating for the purposes of prostitution and living on the avails of the trade put sex-trade workers in danger.
McGuinty says the ruling proposes some profound changes to laws that have been on the books for decades, and Ontario “looks forward” to supporting the federal Conservatives in the expected appeal.
The Superior Court judgment is subject to a 30-day stay during which the law remains in place, and the federal government can seek an extension of the stay period.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signalled last night that the Conservatives are seriously considering an appeal.
He says Ottawa would “fight to ensure that the criminal law continues to address the significant harms that flow from prostitution to both communities and the prostitutes themselves.”