New prostitution bill expected 'well before' deadline, Peter MacKay says
The Canadian Press
Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the government will introduce its new prostitution legislation well ahead of the December deadline.
Speaking in Halifax, MacKay said Ottawa has already started to draft the legislation, but more consultations must happen with police and provincial governments.
He wouldn't say when the bill would be introduced, but vowed that it would be "well before" the one-year time frame it was given.
The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws late last year, ruling that laws banning street soliciting, living on the avails and keeping a brothel are unconstitutional.
The ruling means prostitution-related offences will remain in the Criminal Code until December.
MacKay said the new legislation will continue to protect women from violence and sexual abuse.
- Addison Hall, 6, dies after car crashes into London, Ont., Costco
- Gaza conflict: UN Security Council backs calls for immediate ceasefire
- Ukraine crisis: On the front lines with a rebel dog
- B.C. Mounties threatened, fired upon at Tsilhqot'in reserve
- Lightning kills 1, injures 13 at popular L.A. beach
- Thérèse Casgrain, feminist icon, quietly shunted by Harper government
- Hitchbot, the hitchhiking robot, bums 1st ride
- Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: fighting intensifies near crash site
- Tim Clark outfoxes Jim Furyk to win Canadian Open
- Annaleise Carr wants to finish Lake Erie swim later this summer
The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic grips west Africa, killing hundreds. Duration: 00:48
Date 33 mins ago, Duration 0:48, Views 0
Video by: AFP
Date 14-07-26 1:07
Tooltip Information:Graham DeLaet fires course record at Canadian OpenVideo by:Description: Canadian is tied for 3rd place, 2 shots behind leaders Furyk and Petrovic.Rating: 4Views: 1076