Will Ontario Premier test the constitutionality of Feds’ new prostitution law in Court of Appeal? Sex workers’ rights advocates say it’s too dangerous not to.
The ball is now in Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s court – or, more to the point, courts.
Wynne has the power to slam down the Harper government’s draconian Bill C-36, the Protection Of Communities And Exploited Persons Act, which doesn’t protect the people it purports to protect and will only result in their further exploitation, assuming they were exploited to begin with.
C-36, which received royal assent last month, will be proclaimed on December 6, the 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre. Given the Harper government’s record on women’s rights – not to mention its continued efforts to loosen gun laws – there could be no more cynical choice of day.