MP Joy Smith Applauds Senate Passing of Bill C-36
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2014
Ottawa, ON – Yesterday evening, the Senate of Canada passed Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. With the passage of Bill C-36, Canada has established a new approach to addressing prostitution that recognizes the harm prostitution causes to women and youth.
“I am delighted with the passing of Bill C-36. This is a historic moment for equality and women’s rights in Canada,” says MP Joy Smith. “For the first time in Canada’s history, the buying and advertising of sexual services will be illegal, and the government will provide robust funding to help women and youth escape prostitution.”
“I especially want to thank the courageous survivors, victim service organizations and law enforcement who have advocated for these changes. Their relentless campaign to promote the equality of women has been heard,” says MP Joy Smith. “I also want to thank the Hon. Peter Mackay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, for his unwavering leadership on this issue. The passage of Bill C-36 is a testament to his firm commitment to promoting the dignity and equality of women.”
“For years, women’s advocacy groups have been calling for a paradigm shift in Canada’s policy on prostitution. Bill C-36 accomplishes this by formally recognizing the harms of prostitution on women and children and makes the goal of the legislation to reduce and discourage prostitution,” says MP Joy Smith. “Under Bill C-36, Canada is saying loud and clear, we do not accept that women, children and vulnerable individuals are commodities to be bought and sold.”
“A truly progressive society encourages the equality and dignity of women, not the prostitution of women,” states MP Joy Smith. “I want to build a Canada that targets predators and pimps, helps vulnerable individuals escape prostitution, and upholds the dignity of women. We can do better for women and youth, and with the passing of Bill C-36, we will.”
Having been adopted by the Senate of Canada, Bill C-36 is expected to receive Royal Assent shortly. The provisions of the Bill will come into force 30 days after Royal Assent, meeting the December 19, 2014 deadline set by the Supreme Court of Canada.
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