Canada’s justice minister continues to defend new legislation aimed at protecting sex trade workers, while criminalizing those who exploit them.
Peter MacKay says he believes changes ordered by the Supreme Court of Canada will make it easier to catch serial killers like Robert Pickton.
“Absolutely. Now, the bill focuses on the perpetrators who prey on the vulnerable. Prostitution being an inherently dangerous practise and no place in the country knows that more than here in British Columbia and specifically, Vancouver. The Pickton case certainly weighed heavily on the minds of the judiciary.”
But NDP and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair says MacKay is naive to think this legislation will improve the safety of sex trade workers.
“He’s talked about his aspiration to do away with prostitution. This just in, prostitution’s been around for a while, so the Supreme Court didn’t ask him about his aspirations, the Supreme Court asked him to meet a Charter requirement to protect people’s lives and he has failed.”
Mulcair says another Supreme Court of Canada challenge is inevitable.